Dimi in World Cup qualifying action

Dimi World Cup
  • Dimitri Payet was a second half sub for France in their draw against Belarus
  • On Monday, James Collins made his 50th appearance for Wales in a 4-0 win over Moldova on Monday
  • Darren Randolph helped Republic of Ireland to a 2-2 draw in rain-soaked Serbia

Dimitri Payet was a second half substitute for France in their FIFA World Cup qualifying draw with Belarus on Tuesday night.

Didier Deschamps' UEFA Euro 2016 finalists were held to a goalless stalemate in Barysaw and even the introduction of the Hammers' midfielder in the 57th minute could not help the visitors break the deadlock.

In just over half an hour on the pitch for Les Bleus, Payet created a number of chances for his side as well as having a couple of attempts on goal himself.

The playmaker will now return to east London to train with West Ham United ahead of their Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday.

Elsewhere in international action on Tuesday, young PL2 defender Declan Rice helped the Republic of Ireland's U19s beat Austria 3-1 as a late substitute and Josh Cullen - on loan at Bradford City - started for the nation's U21s though they were beaten 3-2 by Serbia. 

Staying with Ireland, youngster Conor Coventry got game time for the Boys in Green too, helping the U17s to a 2-0 win against Turkey.

New Hammers signing Edimilson Fernandes was also in action, playing 35 minutes for Switzerland's U21s in their goalless draw with Bosnia.

On Monday, defender James Collins earned his 50th international cap as his Wales side thrashed Moldova 4-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Following a superb UEFA Euro 2016 campaign, Chris Coleman’s men were in a confident mood at the Cardiff City Stadium in Group D as Gareth Bale’s brace sealed the important victory on home soil.
Burnley forward Sam Vokes had opened the scoring in the first period before Joe Allen doubled the advantage just before the break.
Real Madrid superstar Bale then bagged a wonderful solo effort five minutes after the restart before adding a fourth from the penalty spot in injury time after Collins had replaced Ashley Williams to wear the Dragons’ shirt for the 50th time.
Elsewhere in World Cup qualifiying action, Darren Randolph played 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland as they began their Group D campaign with a respectable 2-2 draw away in Serbia.

Randolph was outstanding in rain-soaked Belgrade, producing a string of saves to earn a point for the Boys in Green.
New Burnley signing Jeff Hendrick gave the visitors the dream start after just three minutes but the hosts hit back through Filip Kostic and Southampton’s Dusan Tadic in the second 45 to take the lead.
Martin O’Neill’s side were not beaten though, and new Newcastle United forward Daryl Murphy struck his first international goal to earn Randolph’s men a point in their qualifying opener.
Elsewhere, Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna played just under half an hour for Italy as the Azzurri triumphed 3-1 in Israel.
Winger Tal Ben Haim - not the former West Ham defender - bagged for the hosts but by then, they had already conceded twice through former Saints man Graziano Pelle and Antonio Candreva.  
Italy sub and Lazio forward Ciro Immobile sealed the win in Group D for Italy with less than ten minutes remaining.
Gokhan Tore was an unsused substitute for Turkey as they drew with West Ham manager Slaven Bilic’s Croatian national side 1-1, while Spain hammered Liechtenstein 8-0 with Hammers keeper Adrian on the bench.