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Bannan shines on debut as Scotland cruise past Faroe Islands
Villa midfielder makes confident start to international career - but Delfouneso is on losing side with England U21s.
16th Nov 2010
Bannan shines on debut as Scotland cruise past Faroe Islands


By Dan Harrison

Barry Bannan enjoyed a winning start to his international career as Scotland cruised past the Faroe Islands with a 3-0 triumph.

Bannan slotted seamlessly into the Tartan Army's midfield alongside Manchester United star Darren Fletcher and Charlie Adam of Blackpool.

The 20-year-old capped his debut for the senior national side by setting up Scotland's third goal, while he also saw his shot cannon off the post in the first-half.

Fellow debutant Danny Wilson gave Craig Levein's side the lead in the friendly clash at Pittodrie.

With 24 minutes on the clock, the Liverpool defender converted Adam's corner from six yards.

Adam set up Scotland's second six minutes later, whipping a right-wing cross to the near post which Kris Commons of Derby flicked home.

There was still time for another before the break, with Bannan coming to the fore.

The Villa midfielder hung a high cross to the back post which Wilson headed down for QPR striker Jamie Mackie to apply the simplest of tap-ins.

Moments earlier, Bannan saw his 25-yard drive strike the foot of the post after a neat exchange with Mackie.

And the confident youngster continued to influence the contest after the break.

Just after the restart, the Airdrie-born ace ghosted in from the left and headed Commons' cross just over, while his half-volley from the edge of the area also narrowly missed the target.

A few hours earlier, Nathan Delfouneso was on the losing side as England U21s suffered a 2-0 friendly defeat against Germany.

The Villa striker started the match in Wiesbaden and came close to grabbing a second-half goal before being replaced by Chelsea's Josh McEachran three minutes from time.

The home side went ahead on 37 minutes when Konstantin Rausch fired a low left-foot shot past Scott Loach.

There was drama after the break when Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele, who replaced Loach at half-time, received a red card when he brought down Boris Vukcevic in the penalty area.

Coach Stuart Pearce had already used his substitute goalkeeper, so Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury was handed the gloves for the remainder of the contest.

Cenk Tosun stepped up and slotted home Germany's second from the spot.

Delfouneso had earlier gone close to levelling the scores after collecting Lansbury's through pass, but the 19-year-old dragged his shot wide.

Fellow Villa star Marc Albrighton was also named in the squad but Pearce opted to rest the 20-year-old winger.


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