An eventful night in the Premier League for England stars
England winger James Milner had a mixed evening at the DW Stadium as he netted a superb long-range strike for Manchester City before leaving the game early through injury.
Milner had entered the fray as a substitute just before the hour mark, and following Mario Balotelli’s opener, the midfielder smashed a fierce 25-yard drive beyond Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to seal all three points.
But it soon turned from ecstasy to agony for the 26-year-old, as a hamstring injury prevented him from completing the final nine minutes.
But England regulars Joe Hart and Gareth Barry did manage the full 90 minutes.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made use of seven England stars as his side maintained their title pursuit with a 1-0 win against West Ham at Old Trafford.
Dutchman Robin van Persie’s deflected goal after 32 seconds, the fastest of the season so far, proved to be the difference between the two sides.
And Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney were all handed starts, with Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck emerging from the bench in the second half.
England wideman Aaron Lennon got himself on the scoresheet with the opener as Spurs triumphed 2-1 against Liverpool during an enthralling encounter at White Hart Lane, in which Gareth Bale netted a second before an unfortunate own goal at the other end.
Lennon lined up alongside Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe. England midfielder Tom Huddlestone was brought on in the dying stages, and Jake Livermore and Andre Townsend were also included in Andre Villas-Boas’ squad.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers included five full England internationals - skipper Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Raheem Sterling - in his starting line-up, while Jonjo Shelvey replaced Henderson in the 63rd minute. Under-21 defender Andre Wisdom remained on the bench.
Three Lions winger Theo Walcott scored within the opening minute as Arsenal earned a valuable point against Everton at Goodison Park.
Walcott coolly dinked the ball over goalkeeper Tim Howard after 51 seconds to give the Gunners an early lead, but Belgium international Maroune Fellaini levelled for the hosts.
The 23-year-old lined up alongside fellow England star Jack Wilshere, while Kieran Gibbs was deployed as an early substitute in place of Laurent Koscielny.
Wenger’s English contingent also included Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson, although both remained on the bench.
On the other side, Everton boss David Moyes was left sweating on the fitness of Leighton Baines after the England left-back sustained a hamstring injury.
But the former Wigan defender did complete the game, as did Phil Jagielka and Leon Osman.
Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge, England defenders Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand could not inspire Chelsea to victory against local rivals Fulham.
Fellow Three Lions defender Gary Cahill was also named in Rafa Benitez’s matchday squad, but he failed to make it off the bench as the west Londoners shared a 0-0 draw.
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins fielded three young England players as his side extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four games with a 1-1 draw against Norwich City at St Mary’s.
Saints captain Adam Lallana, who earned his first senior call-up in September, teed-up Rickie Lambert for his side’s goal with a searching right-footed free-kick.
Rising star Luke Shaw, the England U17 left-back, put in another hugely impressive performance in his fourth Premier League start, while on the other side of the defence Under-21 full-back Nathaniel Clyne proved to be a threat in attack and solid at the back.
Before the game Norwich manager Chris Hughton was hit with news that England 'keeper John Ruddy will be out for around three months.
The shotstopper, who has been a key figure in his side's impressive start to the season, was given his first cap by Roy Hodgson, but now requires surgery on a thigh problem sustained during the 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend.
Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross saw his side’s formidable home record continue as two goals in the last ten minutes allowed the Potters to defeat Newcastle United 2-1.
Papiss Cisse’s 47th-minute strike broke the deadlock at the Britannia Stadium, but Jonathan Walters and Cameron Jerome both netted in the final nine minutes to turn the match on its head.
Alan Pardew named Under-21 striker Sammy Ameobi among his substitutes, but the 20-year-old failed to make an impact after coming on in the last three minutes of the game.