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Filed: Monday, 13th October 2008
By: Staff Writer


Matthew Upson played a full 90 minutes as England comfortably beat Kazakhstan at Wembley.

The 29-year-old centre-half had a fairly uneventful evening as Fabio Capello's charges strolled to victory - eventually - against a young side full of inexperience.

Robert Green - also in the squad for Saturday and this coming Wednesday's game against Belarus - was an unused substitute.

Elsewhere, striker Craig Bellamy didn't enjoy the best of comebacks after he missed a penalty in Wales' 2-0 win over minnows Liechtenstein at the Millennium Stadium. Talking after the game, the Welsh captain said:

"It is not the first penalty I have missed so I am not going to beat myself up about it. But it was so bad the keeper nearly dived over it!"

Bellamy managed to play for 80 minutes before being replaced by centre-half James Collins - another formerly-injured Hammer returning to the international stage.

Valon Behrami was part of the Swiss side that narrowly beat Latvia at the AFG Arena on Saturday night. The United midfielder, whose fitness was cause for concern last week after a training ground incident shook off any doubts by completing the entire game.

Friday night saw Mark Noble's England under-21s edge past their Welsh counterparts - including Jack Collison - in the first leg of their Euro Championship qualifier.





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