West Ham United's international players took centre-stage again this week, with a number of vital FIFA World Cup qualifying issues resolved.

Romania captain Razvan Rat had the biggest game of the Hammers in action for their countries, captaining his nation safely into the UEFA Play-Offs in a 2-0 home win over Estonia in Bucharest on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, James Collins played for 57 minutes as Wales drew 1-1 with already-qualified Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday evening. The match was an emotional one for his friend and former Hammer Craig Bellamy, who made his 78th and final appearance for Wales.

Joey O'Brien and Stephen Henderson were unused siubstitutes as Republic of Ireland finished a disappointing FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on a positive note with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in Dublin in Group C. Former Hammer Robbie Keane was among the Irish scorers.

Modibo Maiga opened the scoring for Mali against South Korea in a friendly in Seoul, only for the Asians to battle back to win 3-1.

Later on Tuesday, Winston Reid's New Zealand continued their tour of North America and the Caribbean by drawing 0-0 with Trinidad and Tobago at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

The All Whites have contested two other training matches in recent days, taking on Ventura County Fusion and Chivas USA in the United States, as they continue their build-up to a 2014 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-Off against Mexico in November. New Zealand will travel to Mexico City on 13 or 14 November before welcoming El Tri to Auckland on 20 November.

Closer to home, Ravel Morrison continued his outstanding early-season form with two goals as England U21s thrashed Lithuania 5-0 at Ipswich Town's Portman Road. Morrison made his U21 debut in Thursday's 4-0 UEFA European U21 Championship Group 1 qualifying win in San Marino.

In the same competition, goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel's Switzerland were defeated 2-0 by Croatia in Lugano in Group 5 on Monday evening, ending their own 100 per cent start.

Jamie Harney's Northern Ireland U19 lost their third and final UEFA European U19 Championship Group 4 qualifier 1-0 to Iceland on Tuesday. The Northern Irish bounced back from a 2-0 defeat by Belgium to draw 1-1 with France on Saturday, but defeat by Iceland meant Harney and company failed to reach the Elite Round of qualifying.

Finally, Kyle Knoyle and Reece Burke were with England U18s for a 4-0 behind-closed-doors friendly win over Hungary at St George's Park on Monday. Knoyle started the game, while Burke was introduced as a substitute.