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International R’s: Hendrick helps to hold Belgium

SEVERAL R's were in action around the world over the weekend.

Andre Gray’s fine club form continued for his country.

Gray – who registered in three of his last four outings for QPR prior to the international break – scored a 72nd-minute equaliser in Jamaica’s 1-1 draw with El Salvador on Thursday. 

R’s team-mate Dillon Barnes was an unused substitute for Paul Hall’s side, while both Barnes and Gray also sat out Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to Canada.

Gray will aim to net again when the Reggae Boyz host Honduras this Thursday. 

Elsewhere over the weekend, midfielder Jeff Hendrick helped the Republic of Ireland to a 2-2 draw against world number one side Belgium on Saturday. 

Hendrick enjoyed 76 minutes in Dublin, before being replaced by Preston North End’s Alan Browne who came off the bench to head home Ireland’s second leveller of the night.

Jimmy Dunne – who received his first senior international call-up late last week – wasn’t in the Irish matchday squad but could be involved when they welcome Lithuania on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ilias Chair watched on as Morocco drew 1-1 with DR Congo in the first leg of their 2022 World Cup play-off tie on Friday. 

Chair will hope to be called upon when the nations meet again for the second leg on Tuesday. 

Lyndon Dykes wasn’t fit enough to feature in Scotland’s friendly with Poland on Friday, which finished 1-1, but could make his return from injury in Austria on Tuesday night.

R’s defender Osman Kakay enjoyed mixed fortunes over the weekend.

Sierra Leone’s 3-0 defeat to Togo on Thursday was followed by a 1-0 win over Liberia, and Kakay has a chance to the end the week on a high against Congo Brazzaville on Tuesday.

Under-18s defender Kayden Harrack was a 78th-minute substitute for Grenada’s senior team in their goalless draw against Gibraltar on Wednesday.

Under-23s striker Sinclair Armstrong featured from the start for Republic of Ireland’s Under-19s against England on Wednesday, but couldn’t prevent a 3-1 defeat in their European Championship qualifier. 

Finally, Armstrong’s Under-23s team-mate Alex Aoraha was in action for Iraq at the U23 Dubai Cup. Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Vietnam was followed by a 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia on Saturday.