Round up of how EPL players fared during the international break


With the international break coming to an end, how have your Premier League players fared? We look at the key contributions.

Jack Wilshere was left behind by England ahead of their game with the Netherlands after suffering a knee injury.
Sead Kolasinac assisted Bosnia and Herzegovina’s winner as they beat Bulgaria 1-0 on Friday while Granit Xhaka captained Switzerland to a 1-0 victory over Greece.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan captained Armenia in their goalless draw against Estonia.
Laurent Koscielny played 90 minutes for France in a 3-1 win against Russia.


Granit Xhaka scored a penalty and played 69 minutes as Switzerland thrashed Panama 6-0 on Tuesday.
David Ospina kept a clean sheet as his Colombia side drew 0-0 with Australia at Craven Cottage on Tuesday.

Nathan Ake played 90 minutes as the Netherlands shut out Portugal 3-0 in a friendly match on Monday.


Lewis Cook, Ryan Fraser and Lys Mousset Were all unused substitutes for their respective countries at the weekend, while Fraser played 82 minutes of Scotland’s 1-0 win against Hungary on Tuesday. Cook came on against Italy on Tuesday to make his England debut.

Jose Izquierdo came off the bench and won a penalty to help Colombia beat France 3-2 on Friday.
Tomer Hemed scored in Israel’s 2-1 defeat to Romania, with Beram Kayal also starting the match.

Sam Vokes scored twice and got two assists as Wales beat China 6-0 in the China Cup and then also played in the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.
James Tarkowski made his England debut in the 1-1 draw with Italy, but gave away the penalty for Lorenzo Insigne to equalise late on at Wembley.

Olivier Giroud scored for France as they lost 3-2 to Colombia on Friday. Victor Moses also netted for Nigeria on the same evening, scoring a penalty in a 1-0 win against Poland. Giroud also featured as a substitute in their 3-1 win against Russia on Tuesday while N’Golo Kante played 66 minutes.

Victor Moses versus Poland

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his Argentina debut at the age of 36 as they beat Italy 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium. His second appearance was one to forget, however, as he came on as a substitute for Sergio Romero early on in Argentina’s 6-1 defeat by Spain, conceding five goals himself.

Jake Clarke-Salter had a debut to remember for England Under-21s as he scored, captained the side late in the game and was named man of the match in a 2-1 friendly win over Romania.

Tomas Kalas scored for Czech Republic as they beat China 4-1 in the third-place play-off at the China Cup.

On Tuesday, Willian’s wicked cross for Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil a 1-0 win over world champions Germany in Berlin.
Eden Hazard assisted Romelu Lukaku for his second goal as Belgium beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 on Tuesday night. Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund, scored the third for Belgium.

Crystal Palace:
Pape Souare made his first Senegal appearance since June 2016 as they drew 1-1 with Uzbekistan. The defender played 74 minutes of the match.

Jordan Pickford kept a clean sheet after being handed the gloves in England’s 1-0 friendly win over the Netherlands on Friday. Ademola Lookman assisted a goal as England Under-21s beat Romania 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday.


Idrissa Gueye withdrew from the Senegal squad for friendlies against Uzbekistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina after suffering an injury. Senegal manager Aliou Cisse said it was a muscle tear but Gueye has posted a video showing himself in the gym at Everton’s training ground.


Cenk Tosun came out on top as Turkey beat Seamus Coleman’s Republic of Ireland 1-0 on Friday. Coleman started the game as he made his first international appearance since breaking his leg against Wales last year. Tosun also played 76 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Montenegro on Tuesday.

Defender Mathias Zanka started as Denmark secured a 1-0 friendly win over Panama while Aaron Mooy grabbed an assist in Australia’s 4-1 defeat to Norway.

Riyad Mahrez claimed two assists as Algeria beat Tanzania 4-1 and Kasper Schmeichel Kept a clean sheet as Denmark won 1-0 against Panama. Schmeichel also kept a clean sheet against Chile in a goalless draw on Tuesday.

After not touching the ball in the 1-0 win in Netherlands on Friday, Jamie Vardy netted in the first half for England as they drew 1-1 with Italy on Tuesday.

Joe Gomez was taken off with an injury in the 10th minute of England’s 1-0 win against the Netherlands on Friday and could be a doubt to face Crystal Palace at the weekend. Virgil van Dijk captained the Dutch for the first time against England and then scored in a 3-0 victory over Portugal on Monday.

Mohamed Salah in action against Portugal

Mo Salah continued his fantastic recent form as he scored for Egypt in a 2-1 defeat to Portugal. Harry Wilson netted his first goal for Wales as they beat China 6-0 in the China Cup and then played in the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay. Salah was an unused sub as Egypt lost 1-0 to Greece on Tuesday.

Ragnar Klavan played 90 minutes as Estonia were beaten 2-0 by Georgia on Tuesday night while Sadio Mane played 87 minutes for Senegal in a goalless draw with Bosnia. Simon Mignolet kept a clean sheet and played 90 minutes as Belgium beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Manchester City:
Sergio Aguero was released by Argentina having failed to recover from a knee injury and did not play against Italy on Friday. However, Nicolas Otamendi helped Argentina secure a 2-0 win. Otamendi then scored on Tuesday night against Spain, but was on the end of a 6-1 defeat in Madrid.

Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling all started for England as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 in Amsterdam. All three also featured in the 1-1 draw with Italy on Tuesday. Oleksandr Zinchenko played 81 minutes for Ukraine in a 2-1 win over Japan on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday night, Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal of the game as Brazil beat Germany 1-0 in Berlin and Kevin De Bruyne scored once and assisted twice as Belgium beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Manchester United:
Jesse Lingard scored his first international goal to help England win 1-0 against the Netherlands on Friday. Lingard’s quick-thinking then set up Jamie Vardy for his goal in England’s 1-1 draw with Italy on Tuesday.

Scott McTominay made his Scotland debut in a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica. However, McTominay withdrew from the squad due to injury so did not play against Hungary on Tuesday.

Alexis Sanchez captained Chile to a 2-1 victory over Victor Lindelof’s Sweden on Saturday, with both players completing the full 90 minutes. Sanchez then played 75 minutes in a goalless draw with Denmark on Tuesday.

Paul Pogba scored a superb free-kick, and also set up Kylian Mbappe’s opening goal as France beat Russia 3-1 on Tuesday night in St Petersburg, playing 90 minutes in the process. Anthony Martial played 58 minutes.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice and assisted another as Belgium beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 on Tuesday night. Eric Bailly played 90 minutes as Ivory Coast beat Moldova 2-1 on Tuesday. Sergio Romero was subbed off injured after just 22 minutes as Argentina were beaten 6-1 by Spain in Madrid.

Matt Ritchie played in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica but then withdrew from the squad due to injury and has returned to Newcastle to be assessed.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, on loan at Fulham, scored twice for Serbia in their 2-0 win against Nigeria in Barnet on Tuesday.

Dusan Tadic scored on his 50th appearance for Serbia in their 2-1 loss to Morocco on Friday.

Mame Biram Diouf played 68 minutes for Senegal in a goalless draw with Bosnia.

Connor Roberts made his Wales debut as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in the final of the China Cup. Oli McBurnie also won his first cap as he played 77 minutes in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.

Victor Wanyama scored a penalty for Kenya in a friendly against Comoros while Hugo Lloris played the full game as France won 3-1 against Russia on Tuesday night.

Christian Eriksen played 64 minutes for Denmark in a goalless draw with Chile on Tuesday and Serge Aurier played 90 minutes as Ivory Coast beat Moldova 2-1 on Tuesday.

Andre Carrillo scored for Peru as they defeated Croatia 2-0 while Sebastian Prodl Kept a clean sheet as Austria beat Slovenia 3-0. Molla Wague captained Mali in a 1-1 draw with Japan.

West Brom:
Jonny Evans captained Northern Ireland as they beat South Korea 2-1 at Windsor Park. Gareth McAuley also started the match. Matt Phillips scored the only goal as Scotland won 1-0 against Hungary on Tuesday.

West Ham:
Marko Arnautovic netted twice for Austria as they beat Slovenia 3-0 on Friday. Manuel Lanzini also scored on the same evening, netting the second goal in Argentina’s 2-0 win against Italy at the Etihad Stadium. Arnautovic then scored again for Austria as they beat Luxembourg 4-0 in their friendly on Tuesday night.

Declan Rice made his international debut in Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Turkey while Arthur Masuaku did not feature for DR Congo after apparently leaving the squad. The DR Congo FA released a statement saying Masuaku was one of four players to walk out, claiming they “deplored certain organisational aspects”.

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