The Everton defender scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Georgia last Thursday and he set up James McClean to convert the third goal of a comfortable away win that moves the Republic level on points with Serbia at the top of Group D.
Importantly for Ronald Koeman, James McCarthy came though another 81 minutes without any reaction in his groin. The midfielder played all 90 minutes against Georgia, his first action since undergoing surgery last month, and came off nine minutes from the end against Moldova
Earlier in the day, Coleman's Goodison team-mate Ashley Williams had also captained his nation in the same qualifying group but Wales had to be content with another draw at home against Georgia as Gareth Bale's opener was cancelled out by Tornike Okriashvili in the second half.
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1 Posted 10/10/2016 at 21:49:51
Chelsea and another couple of Clubs are interested in Lukaku. I have no doubt that, if Gana keeps it up, there will be a host of 'top clubs' coming knocking. But, will they come knocking for any of the rest?
We will have a lot of changes in personell in order to become a 'top club'. Let's start with adding to Coleman, Lukaku and Gana!
2 Posted 10/10/2016 at 21:53:11
And welcome back, James McCarthy, from Injury... any latest on Lukaku's 'injury'?
3 Posted 10/10/2016 at 22:33:12
The possible implications of the sentence are staggering.
4 Posted 11/10/2016 at 11:54:06
If we can get him back to where he was 3 years ago he is a player and a half.