West Ham United centre-half James Collins enjoyed a triumphant evening with Wales, as he helped Chris Coleman's men to a 1-0 win over Macedonia at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening.

The game's only goal arrived in the 67th minute, when Charlton Athletic frontman Simon Church collected from Craig Bellamy, before thumping home the winner to propel Wales to fourth in Group A.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey spurned a late penalty for the hosts, but it mattered not, with Collins and Wales holding on to preserve their clean sheet. While Collins played the full 90 minutes, his Hammers colleague Jack Collison did not feature on the night.  

Elsewhere, it was a largely quiet evening for the Hammers' band of internationals. Both Joey O'Brien and Stephen Henderson watched on from the substitutes' bench, as the Republic of Ireland slipped to a 3-0 defeat to Germany in Cologne. 

There was better news for Razvan Rat's Romania team-mates, as they made light work of Andorra. Though the experienced campaigner was omitted from the match-day squad, Romania nevertheless strolled to a 4-0 win. They sit behind group winners Netherlands and Turkey in Group D, ahead of Tuesday's crucial visit of Estonia.   

As for Saturday, Mohamed Diame was the Hammers' sole representative on the international stage, as he skippered Senegal in their World Cup qualification play-off first leg in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.  

The familiar names of Didier Drogba, Gervinho and Salomon Kalou put the Ivorians three goals to the good, before a late Papiss Cisse strike gave the Senegalese hope ahead of November's return leg.   

Ravel Morrison, however, made a successful start to life with England's U21s on Thursday evening, as he started in England's comfortable 4-0 win in San Marino. A Harry Kane hat-trick and Michael Keane's goal helped the Three Lions up to second in their European Championship qualifying group. 

Morrison, who was denied a debut goal by 'keeper Andrea Manzaroli, was withdrawn by Gareth Southgate after 55 minutes. FA TV captured a fantastic bit of skill from the attacking midfielder in this stunning video.



Also on Thursday, Academy centre-half Jamie Harney turned out for Northern Ireland Under-19s, as they began their UEFA U19 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 defeat away to Belgium.

Hammers players featuring in international action this week are:

- Razvan Rat - Romania v Estonia (h) 15/10/13
- Jack Collison and James Collins - Wales v Belgium (a) 15/10/13
- Joey O'Brien and Stephen Henderson - Republic of Ireland v Kazakhstan (h) 15/10/13
- Winston Reid - New Zealand v Trinidad & Tobago (a) 15/10/13
- Modibo Maiga - Mali v South Korea (a) 15/10/13
- Ravel Morrison - England U21 v Lithuania (h) 15/10/13
- Raphael Spiegel - Switzerland U21 v Croatia (h) 14/10/13
- Jamie Harney - Northern Ireland U19 v Iceland 15/10/13
- Kyle Knoyle and Reece Burke - England U18 v Hungary (h) 14/10/13