It was a good night for most of the home nations last night and a night to celebrate for Swindon and Southampton, as Theo Walcott bagged a hat-trick for England in their 4-1 win over Croatia.

The striker plied his trade in the Football League before Arsenal stumped up £5m for the then 16-year-old and now he is not only the youngest ever player to play for England but also the countries youngest ever hat-trick scorer at just 19 years 178 days.

There were draws for Northern Ireland and the Republic, while Scotland won 2-1 in Iceland but the news wasn't so good for Wales.

Another former Southampton youngster was making the headlines but this time for the wrong reasons, as Gareth Bale missed a 17th minute penalty.

Just five minutes later and Russia were ahead also from the spot b ut Cardiff City star Joe Ledley looked to have earned his country a vital point with only his second international goal.

But with just 10 minutes to go Welsh hopes were crushed as Pogrebnyak slammed in a rebound to claim the points for Russia.

There were plenty of Football League players in action all over the world including as far a field as Jamaica and Gambia, now managers up and down the country will be waiting for the safe return of their stars ahead of the full league programme at the weekend.