Sheffield United’s players had a mixed eveing on international duty for their respective countries on Tuesday.
Defender Enda Stevens made his first start for the Republic of Ireland as Martin O’Neill’s men made a bid to put behind them a turbulent week with their friendly against Poland.
However, a confidence-boosting win was denied for the Irish as Mateusz Klich cancelled out Aiden O’Brien’s opener with a few minutes remaining.
John Egan, like club colleague Stevens, started and finished the game in Wroclaw.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland looked to bounce-back from defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the weekend as Israel travelled to the National Stadium for a friendly.
Oliver Norwood was impressive in Saturday’s Nations Cup loss but he started on the bench for this one as Michael O’Neill gave opportunities to some fringe players.
The United midfielder came on at half time with Northern Ireland 2-0 up through goals from Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas.
Blades striker Conor Washington came on later and was denied a fourth international goal as his effort was saved by the visiting keeper, only for Oxford United’s Gavin Whyte to knock in from close range on his debut to complete a 3-0 victory.
In Under 21s European Championships qualifying, Dean Henderson was in goal as England came from behind to beat Latvia 2-1 and put Aidy Boothroyd’s side to within a win of going through.
Rhys Norrington-Davies was in the Wales under 21 side as they went down 2-0 to Portugal and end their chances of qualifying for the tournament which is held in Italy next summer.