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International watch: Forest players in action

14 November 2016

Nottingham Forest players have been in action over the weekend representing their countries on international duty.

Thomas Lam, Vladimir Stojkovic, Apostolos Vellios and Britt Assombalonga were all called up to play for their nations in friendly and World Cup Qualifying matches.

Thomas Lam came on as a 63rd minute substitute for Finland in their 1-0 defeat away to Ukraine in a Group I qualification match on Saturday. The defender was unable to help his side pick up their first win in the qualification stage as Artem Kravets scored the only goal of the game after 24 minutes to secure the win for Ukraine.

Goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic played the full 90 minutes as his Serbia side picked up a point against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. Gareth Bale gave Wales the lead, before Aleksander Mitrovic’s late strike meant both sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Serbia drop down to second in Group D, and will play against Ukraine in a friendly on Tuesday 15 November.

Apostolos Vellios started for Greece in a friendly match against Belarus on Wednesday 9 November, but could not prevent his side falling to a 1-0 defeat. The Forest top scorer was then an unused substitute as an injury-time Georgios Tzavelas goal secured a 1-1 draw at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group H on Sunday.

Assombalonga will have to wait for his international debut after paperwork issues meant he had to miss Democratic Republic of Congo’s match with Guinea on Sunday. The striker was called up to the squad for the first time for the World Cup Qualifier, but was unable to take part. In his absence, Congo DR won the Group A fixture 2-1.

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