Bored of the international break, don’t worry it’s nearly over. However, before long awaited return to league action. Let’s have a look at how the Mags are getting on for their respected nations.
Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman
We start with two United men out on loan. Armstrong featured for England Under 20s after a good season with Barnsley. The forward scored the winner as his side defeated their French counterparts 1-0. Woodman was on the bench for the same game as the Under 20s triumphed.
United favorite Aleksandar Mitrovic scored as Serbia stormed to the top of their World Cup qualifying group. Starting for the Serbians, he finished superbly after Southampton’s Dusan Tadic provided the assist. Mitro powered a twenty yard effort into the Georgian net with the Serbs coming out as 3-1 victors. United will hoping he can replicate this performance in a black and white shirt in the near future. Mitro was then subbed after 71 minutes.
The Belgian second keeper was named on Roberto Martinez’s bench and as for United remained firmly glued on it. The Belgians snatched a point after a disappointing performance saw them draw 1-1 with Greece. Martinez went onto pass comment on Sels’ club form claiming he ‘did not become bad overnight’. Perhaps something for Champions League winning coach Rafa Benitez to think about.
Best of the rest
Matt Ritchie was named on the bench for both of Scotland’s two fixtures over the break. Chancel Mbemba started for Congo’s in their game against Kenya, which they lost 2-1. Youngster Lewis Gibson featured in England’s Under 17’s win over Slovenia. Before the weekend even began a number of big names were ruled out injured. Grant Hanley (Scotland), Daryl Murphy, Rob Elliot and Cieran Clark (Ireland) withdrew from their squads. A worrying sign for Rafa Benitez.
Finally, a congratulations to the Mackem striker Jermaine Defoe for his great finish for England. Prior to the game, he led young Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery onto the field. Defoe continuing his fantastic work with the youngster being a great role model for all. Defoe showing what a gentleman he is by fulfilling the dreams of the youngster. A true role model for us all regardless of your allegiance.