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2013-11-19T11:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:31:04

Rat's World Cup dream dashed

Razvan Rat's Romania drew 1-1 with Greece on Tuesday to see their FIFA World Cup dreams dashed courtesy of a 4-2 aggregate defeat.

The Greeks held a 3-1 advantage ahead of the European Play-Off second leg at the National Arena in Bucharest and lengthened their lead through Kostas Mitroglou midway through the first half. Rat was substituted moments later. Romania levelled ten minutes into the second half through a Vasilios Torosidis own-goal, but the Greeks were able to hold on to secure qualification.

Elsewhere, Winston Reid's New Zealand were also eliminated after suffering a 4-2 defeat to Mexico in the second leg of their intercontinental Play-Off. The final aggregate score was 9-3 in Mexico's favour.

Watch Ravel Morrison's training ground backheel volley

Closer to home, Ravel Morrison was an unused substitute as England U21s romped to a record 9-0 Euro 2015 qualifying Group 1 win over San Marino in Shrewsbury on Tuesday. England stay top of Group 1, having collected 16 points from six matches played so far.

Raphael Spiegel's own Euro 2015 hopes took a turn for the worse as Switzerland were defeated 2-1 at home by Ukraine in Thun on Monday. The Hammers goalkeeper was an unused substitute as the Swiss lost for the second time in five Group 5 qualifiers to leave them second in the table.

Finally, Academy defenders Kyle Knoyle and Reece Burke have both been with England U18s at a special two-day training camp at St George's Park. Knoyle and Burke made their debuts in a recent friendly win over Hungary and will want to remain in the fold ahead of next season's UEFA European U19 Championship campaign.

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