International Blues

Last updated : 12 October 2003 By Brian Cartlidge

Defender Matty Upson was an unused sub for the England side that drew 0-0 against Turkey in Istanbul, a result that booked Sven-Göran Eriksson's side a place in the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal next summer.

Maik Taylor was beaten from the penalty spot in Northern Ireland's 1-0 defeat to Greece in Athens, a result that saw Sammy McIroy's side finish bottom of the Group Six table. Taylor and Damien Johnson won't be flying out to Portugal next year therefore.

Blues striker Clinton Morrison appeared from the bench to play for just over half-an-hour of the second half in the Republic of Irelands 2-0 defeat against Switzerland, a result that saw the Irish just miss out on a Euro 2004 play-off place. Brian Kerr's first defeat since taking over the manager's role meant the Republic finished third behind the Swiss and Russia - so no trip to Portugal for Clinton and Kenny Cunningham!

Elsewhere Wales, without the injured Robbie Savage, finished runners-up behind Italy in Group Nine despite a 3-2 defeat to Serbia & Montenegro in Cardiff and along with Scotland go into the hat for the play-off's draw.