- 27 May 2012 11:56
- Posted by Mark Booth
With a number of City players in Saturday international friendly action, we take a look at how they fared.
James Milner and Joleon Lescott both made starts for England in their 1-0 win over Norway in Oslo. Joe Hart was rested in Roy Hodgson’s first match in charge of the national team but there were run-outs for the rest of City’s representatives.
Gareth Barry was introduced in the second half and took the captain’s armband from Steven Gerrard but was soon withdrawn due to a suspected groin strain and the armband was passed to Lescott, City’s second England captain of the night.
Adam Johnson didn’t get a turn as captain but, despite being on Roy Hodgson’s standby list, he did get on the pitch in the 84th minute and played one glorious pass for Theo Walcott in his five minute cameo.
David Silva was a second half substitute for Spain in their friendly win against Serbia in Switzerland. Silva was pitted against City teammate Aleksander Kolarov at St Gallen’s AFG Arena. Spain ran out 2-0 winners in the match, with the goals coming from Adrian and Carzola.
Silva’s introduction helped to turn the game, his vision and movement providing the impetus to break the Serbian resistance. His neat interplay with Jesus Navas and Santi Carzola was also a feature of the second half as the World and European champions took control.
Because of the Copa Del Rey final Spain fielded a rare Barca-less midfield and for that reason there were few clues in Vincente Del Bosque’s selection on Silva’s chances of lining up in the Spanish midfield for their first match of Euro 2012 against Italy.
It was a disappointing Saturday afternoon for Nigel de Jong, however, as his Dutch side were beaten 2-1 at home to Bulgaria. De Jong played 86 minutes of this encounter before being replaced by Kevin Strootman.
Elsewhere, Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia were unable to bounce back from their Euro 2012 play-off disappointment as they went down 1-0 to Ireland.
Ex-City skipper Richard Dunne was kept on his toes by Dzeko throughout but Shane Long’s 78th minute goal was enough to extend Ireland’s unbeaten run to 13 matches
We'll be keeping you up to date on the international action over the summer so make sure you keep checking back for all the latest on our boys as they gear up for Euro 2012 which kicks off on June 8.