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The Iron Vault: International Players #12

8 June 2021

Today's Iron Vault article sees us look back to an international Scunthorpe United player, who made an appearance for his country while on the books with United.

At the time of writing, in total, the Iron have had 15 full internationally capped players make appearances for their country during their time with the club, totalling 43 caps.

We continue the feature by taking a look at a player who made one appearance for Honduras while registered to the Iron, Ramón Núñez.

The forward was at the club on loan from Leeds United when the call-up arrived. He wasn't in the squad for the match four days prior away at South Korea which ended up in a 4-0 defeat, but he played 77 minutes of the following game in China, a game which finished 3-0 to the hosts.

His caps, while at the club, were as follows...

2010-11 29/03/2011 Friendly China A L0-3

Núñez impressed on his loan spell with the club, who were then in the Championship and, despite relegation at the end of the campaign, he provided some excitement in his appearances and chipped in with three goals in his eight games.

Heavily decorated on the international stage, Núñez finished his career with a total of 58 caps, with 13 of those coming at Under-23 level and 45 coming at senior level. Those 13 appearances were accompanied with three goals, while the 45 saw him notch five.

In total, he featured for a total of 2,284 minutes for his country in all competitions including friendlies, World Cup Qualification, the Gold Cup in 2011, the Copa Centroamericana and three caps in the World Cup itself.

In 2008, he significantly contributed to Honduras' World Cup qualifying campaign, netting a brace in their 2-1 win over Canada before backing that up with another goal in a 2-0 victory against Jamaica just days later.

Another of his goals came in a later qualification, this time in August 2009 as the side beat Costa Rica 4-0. The side would qualify for the competition in 2010. The attacker would play 78 minutes of their opening Group Stage 1-0 defeat to Chile before featuring for 28 minutes in their 2-0 loss against Spain. Although eliminated, the side would achieve a goalless draw against Switzerland, with Núñez playing 67 minutes.

His final involvement on an international stage came in the Gold Cup in 2011, shortly after his loan spell with Scunthorpe ended. He would play five times in the competition across June, which saw Honduras get to the semi-final stages.

In Group B, they drew 0-0 with Guatemala before a 7-1 win against Grenada. Despite a 1-0 defeat against Jamaica, they'd already qualified, then beating Costa Rica 5-3 on penalties in the quarter-finals before losing 2-0 to Mexico in the semi-finals, after extra time.

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