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Gundogan, Stones and Sterling victorious

WELCOME BACK: Ilkay Gundogan marked his returning to the Germany starting XI with an assist inside six minutes

WELCOME BACK: Ilkay Gundogan marked his returning to the Germany starting XI with an assist inside six minutes

Ilkay Gundogan marked his first start for Germany in a year with an assist, as three City players were in international action on Friday night.

The midfielder created the opener for Joachim Löw’s men in their 8-0 thrashing of San Marino, whilst John Stones and Raheem Sterling featured for England in the Three Lions’ 3-0 triumph against Scotland.

It took just six minutes for Gundogan to stamp his authority on the game in San Marino, as he set up Sami Khedira to round the goalkeeper, with a beautifully chipped ball over the hosts’ defence.

A hat-trick from Serge Gnabry, a Jonas Hector brace, a Mattia Stefanelli own goal and a Kevin Volland strike would follow, maintaining the World Cup holders’ 100% record in Group C.

At Wembley, Stones and Sterling also completed 90 minutes for England.

Former Blue Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring with a header on 24 minutes, in the first of a trio of headers, as Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill also netted.

STERLING WORK: Raheem Sterling escapes the attentions of Christophe Berra

Stones produced an excellent, goal-thwarting block at 1-0 – moments before Lallana’s effort – while Sterling had chances to add his name to the scoresheet.

England remain unbeaten in Group F, with three wins from four.


Caballero calls for home improvement

THUMBS UP: Goalkeeper Willy Caballero

Willy Caballero says he has been encouraged by City’s recent performances, despite three consecutive draws at home in the Premier League - but wants to see improvements in the coming weeks.

Man City 'keeper Caballero impressed by performances - but feels there's more to come

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Stones can be 'world class'

TOUCH TIGHT: John Stones keeps a close eye on Lionel Messi...

Friends old and new feature in Friday morning's round up as the media dig deep for Club-related content during the international break.

Ahead of England v Scotland at Wembley City centre-back John Stones earns high praise from former team-mate and Scotland striker Steven Naismith.

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Claudio Bravo forced off during Chile clash

FORCED OFF: Claudio Bravo

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was forced off after 64 minutes of Chile's goalless draw with Colombia in the World Cup qualifiers.

The national team skipper left the action after colliding with Santiago Arias, playing on for a short period before leaving the field to be replaced by Johnny Herrera.