Norwich City players Wes Hoolahan and Kyle Lafferty score in Euro 2016 qualifiers

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane (centre) celebrates scoring his third goal against Gibraltar with

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane (centre) celebrates scoring his third goal against Gibraltar with Aiden McGeady (left) and Wes Hoolahan during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

There was plenty of international success for Norwich City players over the weekend, none more so than Wes Hoolahan.

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (righ) and Gibraltar's Brian Perez during the UEFA Euro 2016 qual

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (righ) and Gibraltar's Brian Perez during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The playmaker – winning his 16th cap – was at the heart of the Republic of Ireland's attack in a 7-0 thrashing of minnows Gibraltar in a Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Hoolahan created two goals, scored one himself, forced an own goal and earned a penalty for his country, helping Robbie Keane towards a hat-trick.

Keane, now playing in the USA for MLS side LA Galaxy, established himself as the top marksman in European Championship qualifying history with his treble.

The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland skipper scored his hat-trick within the first 20 minutes of the match to take his tally in European qualifiers to 21, one more than Turkey's Hakan Sukur.

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty scores against the Faroe Islands during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifyi

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty scores against the Faroe Islands during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match at Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire. - Credit: PA


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In the process, he increased his record career total for Ireland to 65, just three fewer than West Germany legend Gerd Muller and six behind Miroslav Klose, who recently announced his retirement from international football.

Elsewhere in Group D, Norwich skipper Russell Martin played the full match as Scotland beat Georgia 1-0 at Ibrox to get the first win of their qualifying campaign.

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City team-mate Steven Whittaker was an unused substitute in the victory, sealed after Shaun Maloney forced an own goal in the 28th minute.

Other Canaries players in action included Kyle Lafferty, who was on the scoresheet in Northern Ireland's 2-0 qualifying win against the Faroe Islands.

Scotland line up, including Norwich City skipper Russell Martin (No4), before a Euro 2016 qualifying

Scotland line up, including Norwich City skipper Russell Martin (No4), before a Euro 2016 qualifying match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Gareth McAuley put the Irish ahead in the sixth minute and Lafferty doubled their lead in the 20th minute, with a Roy Carroll penalty save helping to preserve the 2-0 win.

That was 27-year-old Lafferty's 11th goal in 39 games for his country, helping to makes it two wins from two qualifying matches in Group F for Michael O'Neil's side.

City full-back Martin Olsson was in action for Sweden this evening, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2-0 home win against Liechenstein, for their first win in Group G.

Young winger Jacob Murphy also made his England Under-20 debut in a dramatic 3-2 victory against hosts Holland in the Four Nations tournament.

Murphy – who replaced his twin brother Josh, who needed to rest a heel problem, in the squad – played the first 87 minutes of the game and then saw Arsenal's Chuba Akprom score two late goals to seal the win.

There is more action for the City players before they return to Norfolk yet however.

Hoolahan and Ireland continue their Group D campaign on Tuesday night, away against world champions Germany, who surprisingly lost 2-0 in Poland on Saturday.

Whittaker and Martin will be attempting to do better in Poland than the World Cup winners with Scotland on Tuesday, when Lafferty will be with Northern Ireland in Greece, all kicking off at 7.45pm.

Murphy will again be with the England Under-20s in Holland, who face Turkey in their third match of the tournament at 6pm tomorrow.

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