Two of Liverpool's England stars net braces in a 6-0 win at Newcastle
Liverpool’s England contingent sparkled on Tyneside as the Reds hit Newcastle United for six at St James’ Park.
With Luis Suarez unavailable due to suspension, Three Lions hitman Daniel Sturridge was handed a start and he grabbed two goals and an assist to propel Liverpool to a comfortable win.
England winger Stewart Downing played a key role in the Reds’ opener as he crossed for the unmarked Daniel Agger to head home.
And that lead was doubled soon after when Sturridge unselfishly laid the ball off to England Under-21s captain Jordan Henderson, who coolly rolled the ball past Rob Elliot.
Sturridge grabbed his seventh goal in a red shirt in the second half after collecting a neat ball from Philippe Coutinho. He then added to his tally for the evening shortly afterwards having been rolled in by Henderson.
And Downing was provider for the second time in the evening late on when he set up Fabio Borini for his first Premier League goal, while Henderson added a late free-kick to complete the rout.
England ace Aaron Lennon returned from injury to help Tottenham Hotspur secure a point against Wigan Athletic.
The winger, who had not appeared since injuring his hamstring against Basel three and a half weeks ago, came on as a substitute as Tottenham kept up their fight for a Champions League place with a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas also handed starts to England internationals Kyle Walker, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe.
Andy Carroll continued his recent good form with a late strike during West Ham’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.
Goals from Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure handed the hosts a 2-0 lead before Carroll drilled the ball between international colleague Joe Hart’s legs to halve the deficit.
City assistant manager David Platt dismissed fears that Hart, who was seen in pain late on in the game, had suffered a serious injury.
He said: “I think Joe’s back spasmed as he kicked a ball. He’s a bit blocked up and will be sore tomorrow but he will be OK on Monday.”