International Round Up – 8th September 2017
We’ve decided to round up the latest from the Blues who’ve represented their national sides this week for anybody wanting a catch-up to how they faired.
England – Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford
Jordan withdrew from the squad before the Malta game with an injury and returned to Finch Farm. Koeman confirming yesterday in his pre-Tottenham press conference that he is fit for the game tomorrow, we know Jordan’s withdrawal was a precaution. Meanwhile Michael Keane was an unused substitute in both England’s victories over Malta and Slovakia.
Wales: Ashley Williams
Ashley started and captained both Wales key victories, firstly a 1-0 victory over Austria, where he made a superb block to deny a certain goal, he then captained the side to an equally as important 2-0 victory away at Moldova.
Iceland: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson played 90 minutes in Iceland’s shock 1-0 loss to Finland in their 2018 World Cup qualifier. Gylfi then proved to be man of the moment as he scored a double in Iceland’s 2-0 win against Ukraine in another 2018 World Cup Qualifier match.
Belgium: Kevin Mirallas
Kevin was left out of the Belgium squad for the 9-0 victory over Gibraltar with the game being played on Deadline Day due to transfer speculation linking him away from Everton. Kevin was then named on the substitute bench for Belgium’s 2-1 victory away at Greece, which led to automatic qualification to the World Cup.
Netherlands: Maarten Stekelenburg
Maarten was an unused substitute in both of the Dutch’s games, a 4-0 defeat at France and then a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria.
Senegal: Idrissa Gueye
Idrissa Gueye started and completed both games For Senegal, firstly a 0-0 draw at home to Burkina Faso, and then a 2-2 draw away at the same opposition.
England Under 21s: Jonjoe Kenny, Ademola Lookman, Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, (Callum Connolly and Kieran Dowell)
Game 1: A 1-1 draw against the Dutch, Forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the opener courtesy of an Ademola Lookman assist. Tom Davies was an unusedsub, Jonjoe Kenny completed the 90 and Kieran Dowell was hooked on the hour mark.
Game 2: A 3-0 win at Home to Malta, Only Tom Davies started, but he put in a Man-of-the-match performance including an assist, this on his debut at this level. Both Lewin and Lookman had cameos, Dowell, Connolly and Kenny did not feature.
Well that’s all the internationals that involved our lads during the break. Here’s hoping for 3 points against Tottenham!
– Louis ( @LouisCrawford10 )