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Wednesday 12 September Updated Thursday 19 February

Three on national service

The quest to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil continued for two West Ham United players on Tuesday, while one more was in friendly international action in London.

Winston Reid kick-offed proceedings as New Zealand thrashed the Solomon Islands 6-1 in their second Oceania round three qualifier with the Solomon Islands in Auckland. The All Whites and their opponents both started the final round of regional qualifying with 2-0 victories, beating New Caledonia and Tahiti respectively, but the New Zealand proved far too strong.

With Reid playing a full 90 minutes, New Zealand took an outright lead a third of the way through the stage, where the prize is a place in an intercontinental Play-Off against a North and Central American nation for a place at Brazil 2014.

Elsewhere, Joey O'Brien came on as a substitute for the last 16 minutes for the Republic of Ireland's in their 4-1 win against Oman at Craven Cottage. O'Brien came on right-back in the place of Shane Long with Ireland already 3-1 up thanks to goals from Long, Robbie Brady and Kevin Doyle. Eid Al-Farsi had pulled one back for Oman but it was not to be their night as Alex Pearce completed the scoring. Stephen Henderson, on his second call-up to the senior squad, was an unused substitute.

Further east, Yossi Benayoun captained Israel as they suffered a 4-0 defeat to Fabio Capello's Russia in Tel Aviv. Benayoun had spoken before the game about the need for a positive result, but their visitors on the night were just too strong. Israel now sit bottom of FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group F with one point.

Finally, James Collins missed Wales' second Group A qualifier with Serbia in Novi Sad through suspendion after being sent-off in Friday's 2-0 home defeat by Belgium in Cardiff.

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