An International Break

Despite the new domestic football season being less than a month old, the start of September brought with it another international break. National sides were involved in both friendlies and World Cup qualifiers; I spent a few days covering England and Scotland’s fortunes as they competed in the latter.

First up was a trip to Glasgow to photograph Scotland’s qualifier against Belgium, a team full of Premier League talent. Manchester United’s newest signing, Marouane Fellaini, was certain to be the centre of attention for the visitors, whilst the home side simply needed a win to give themselves any hope of salvaging another poor campaign.

After Glasgow came a trip to Kiev, where a much-depleted England were due to play a strong Ukraine side in front of a hostile 60,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium…

 

England players go for a jog during a training session at their St. George's Park base
England players go for a jog during a training session at their St. George’s Park base

 

England goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a save during the training session
England goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a save during the training session

 

Marouane Fellaini of Belgium battles with Robert Snodgrass of Scotland
Marouane Fellaini of Belgium battles for a header with Robert Snodgrass of Scotland

 

Steven Defour of Belgium scores their 1st goal against Scotland
Steven Defour of Belgium scores their 1st goal against Scotland

 

Steven Defour of Belgium celebrates his goal
Steven Defour of Belgium celebrates his goal

 

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall looks dejected
Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall looks dejected

 

England manager Roy Hodgson oversees a training session with his players in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine
England manager Roy Hodgson oversees a training session in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine

 

England players during their training session in Kiev
England players during their training session in Kiev

 

A general view of the Olympic Stadium in Kiev
A general view of the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

 

England players pose for a photo before their match against Ukraine
England players pose for a photo before their match against Ukraine

 

Roman Bezus of Ukraine gets away from James Milner of England
Roman Bezus of Ukraine gets away from James Milner of England

 

Taras Stepanenko of Ukraine battles with Jack Wilshere of England
Taras Stepanenko of Ukraine battles with Jack Wilshere of England

 

Rickie Lambert of England is squeezed out by a pair of Ukraine defenders
Rickie Lambert of England is squeezed out by a pair of Ukraine defenders

 

Jack Wilshere of England looks dejected as his side can only manage a draw
Jack Wilshere of England looks dejected as his side can only manage a draw

 

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