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Graham Alexander became the first Claret to play in a Scotland shirt for nearly 40 years, as the Jocks got a shock win in Paris against France winning 1-0 thanks to a 64th minute goal by McFadden.

The former Preston captain was preferred to Jay McEveley at left-back and became the first player since Willie Morgan to wear the shirt of Scotland whilst still playing for the Clarets.

Willie Morgan won 21 Scotland caps in his career but only one of those caps was during the time he was a Clarets player.He played an Home International against Northern Ireland in Belfast on the 21st October 1967. He was on the losing side that day as the Jocks lost 1-0. He was soon to depart for Manchester United.

Finally the 40 year wait is over and Scotland go top of their Group B table having now defeated France home and away in this competition. This Group is now a three horse race between France, Italy and Scotland.

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It was a different story for Northern Ireland as a Keith Gillespie own goal a minute from time condemned Northern Ireland to a devastating defeat in Reykjavik making qualification even more doubtful after two defeats in two consecutive games away to lowly opposition. They are now third in Group F, 3 points behind Sweden who have a game in hand and Spain.

Only Michael Duff started for Northern Ireland with Kyle Lafferty and Steve Jones named on the bench.

Iceland International,Joey Gudjonsson was suspended having picked up a yellow card in the previous match

Armann Smari Bjornnson fired into the roof of the net to give Iceland a sixth minute lead before David Healy scored a deserved equaliser from the penalty spot on 72nd minutes. A miserable wet and windy night was made even worse for Northern Ireland thanks to that own goal a minute from time.

Steve Jones did make an appearance coming on from the bench with a few minutes to go, but made a hash of the ball twice in the build up leading to the Iceland winning goal!

They should have played Lafferty!!!

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Thursday September 13 2007
Time: 9:40AM

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Who cares about Internationals they are a waste of time.
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18/09/2007 09:30:00
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