Ramires starts a Brazil rout but David Silva struggles: How the Premier League's foreign stars fared on international duty

Across the world, the English top division's finest imports played for their national sides in various World Cup qualifiers and friendlies - but how did they get on?
By Chris Teale

World Cup qualification campaigns continued as teams across the world try to secure their place at Brazil 2014 and numerous players based in the Premier League took part for their national sides. Meanwhile, a smattering of international friendlies took place, including Brazil's 8-0 demolition of China in Recife.

Goal.com brings you the best and worst individual displays from the Premier League's foreign stars as we look back at Tuesday night's action.


Fulham defender John Arne Riise scored a crucial penalty in the 95th minute to help Norway overcome Slovenia 2-1 in Oslo. The left-back stepped up after striker Alexander Soderlund was fouled in the box by Slovenia's Dejan Kelhar and calmly fired the ball into the net to give the Norwegians their first win in Group E.

Chelsea star Ramires opened the scoring for Brazil as they demolished China 8-0 in an international friendly in Recife. The midfielder went on one of his trademark surges from the middle and found the net in the 23rd minute to set the Selecao on their way. His club-mate Oscar finished the scoring with a penalty after 75 minutes as the Brazilians looked imperious and condemned their visitors to the heaviest defeat in their history.

New Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris captained France to a 3-1 victory over Belarus, saving a penalty in the 72nd minute to ensure that the French kept a 100 per cent record in Group I. Manchester United's Patrice Evra was in the centre of Les Bleus' defence, with Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye alongside him.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko added the finishing touches to Bosnia's 4-1 win over Latvia, scoring the final goal in the 92nd minute to secure another win for his side as they sit top of Group G with two wins from two games.

Sweden made a winning start to their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan and Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson caused havoc on the right as he played a key role in their attacking play. West Brom's Jonas Olsson featured in the centre of the Swedish back line, keeping a clean sheet.

The Netherlands enjoyed a crushing 4-1 win away to Hungary, Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar starting in the centre of defence for Louis van Gaal's young Dutch side as they swept the Hungarians aside in emphatic fashion. Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, however, was withdrawn at half-time as an injury precaution.


United had another injury concern after midfielder Shinji Kagawa was forced to pull out of Japan's 1-0 win over Iraq in their Asian qualifier. The ex-Borussia Dortmund star suffered a back strain and was replaced just an hour before kick-off, though he has said since that it is not serious.

His Old Trafford team-mate Antonio Valencia had a disappointing outing for Ecuador in their World Cup qualifier as he was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence. He will be suspended for their next game, at home to Chile in another qualifier.

Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng nearly cost South Korea a point as he headed the ball into his own net in their match against Uzbekistan. The Koreans struggled to a 2-2 draw on a difficult pitch, with Ki's moment of embarrassment coming in the 13th minute.

It was a difficult night for Spain and Manchester City star David Silva, who was substituted after an ineffective night in attack as the world and European champions struggled to a 1-0 win away to Georgia. It took a goal in the 86th minute from Roberto Soldado to break the deadlock, with Silva replaced after 63 minutes by new Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla.

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