Record buy enjoys Uruguay outing
Record signing Gaston Ramirez was one of several Southampton players on World Cup qualifier duty on Tuesday evening.
Ramirez, who joined the Saints in a £12million deal from Italian side Bologna just before last month's transfer deadline, played the full game for Uruguay in their 1-1 South American qualifying group draw with Ecuador, in Montevideo.
Defender Maya Yoshida, who also joined the Saints last month, enjoyed a 90-minute run-out for Japan as they moved clear at the top of the Asia section's Group B thanks to a 1-0 win against Iraq in Saitama.
Steven Davis captained Northern Ireland but he could not inspire the side to victory against Luxembourg as the match ended in a 1-1 draw at Windsor Park to leave Michael O'Neill's side well off the pace in their group after just two matches.
Adam Lallana was an unused substitute for England after his call-up earlier this week as Roy Hodgson's men needed a late Frank Lampard penalty to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw against Ukraine at Wembley.