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Egan earns second Ireland cap

Defender plays an hour as Mexico run out 3-1 winners in New Jersey

2 June 2017

John Egan won his second cap for the Republic of Ireland overnight as they were beaten 3-1 by Mexico at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey.

In front of more than 42,000 supporters, John lined up on the left of an experimental back-three as Martin O'Neill assesed his options ahead of Sunday's game with Uruguay and Ireland's crucial qualifier against Austria on 11 June.

Despite a bright start from the Boys in Green it was Mexico who took the lead on 16 minutes, winger Jesus Manuel Corona cut inside from the left flank onto his right foot and curled a shot past goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Nine minutes later it was two as Raul Jiminez scored from the spot after former Arsenal man Carlos Vela had been fouled. Vela then scored Mexico's third early on in the second-half before Stephen Gleeson smashed home a late consolation to send the majority of the crowd home with something to smile about. 

John was replaced by Kevin Long just after the hour as he added a second cap to the one he earned against Iceland back in March. The 19-man squad will return to Ireland today ahead of their upcoming games back at the Aviva Stadium. 

In France, Ellery Balcombe watched on as England secured passage through to the last four of the Toulon Tournament with a thumping 7-1 win over Cuba. A first-ever meeting between these two nations saw Sheffield Wednesday's George Hirst score a hat-trick and Leicester City's Harvey Barnes net twice as The Young Lions cruised past their opponents from the Caribbean: Sheffield United's David Brooks and Chelsea's Martell Taylor-Crossdale completing the scoring late on.  

With top spot secured, Neil Dewsnip's side will be aiming to make it three wins from three when they take on Japan on Sunday back in Aubagne. There could well be Brentford involvement in the south of France later this afternoon as Chris Mepham and Wales take on Bahrain, looking to build on an encouraging 0-0 draw with France last time out. 

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