Internationals: How Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal stars have fared so far

Internationals: How Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal stars have fared so far

The second international break of the new season is in it's second and last week, with various domestic league actions set for the weekend. 

With matches played after every three days, fatigue can easily set in and injuries are at times inevitable. 

Top teams might miss a few of their stars after the break, with the likes of N'Golo Kante, James Maddison, Luka Modric and Neymar Jr all suffering various injuries while on duty. 

Away from the injuries, who have top players performed for their countries in the international matches? Who scored, who assisted, how did they fare on?


The Gunners had seven senior players in action for their national teams, and a good number have had decent matches for their teams. 

Nicolas Pepe continues to find his feet with the Gunners following his summer move, but he was 'home' while turning out for the Elephants in their 3-1 friendly win over DR Congo in Amiens.

Lucas Torreira was in action for Uruguay as they beat Peru 1-0 in Montevideo, and will most likely be in action again in the second clash on Wednesday morning. 

Sead Kolasinac played the full 90 minutes on the left of a back four as Bosnia & Herzegovina beat Finland 4-1 in Euro 2020 qualification. 

Having settled well in London, Dani Ceballos played 64 minutes as Spain were held to a 1-1 draw against Norway in Oslo in a Euro 2020 qualifying match. Saul had given the former World Cup Champions the lead, but, but Josh King converted from the spot in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

And finally, Bernd Leno and Emi Martinez were unused substitutes in Germany's 3-0 win over Estonia in Tallinn and Argentina's 6-1 win against Ecuador in Elche, respectively.

Early last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot as Gabon beat Burkina Faso in a friendly match, in what was his first game for the country since March - a 1-1 draw with Burundi - and only his fifth match since January 2017.


Chelsea have the biggest squad in international duty, but suffered injury blows to N'Golo Kante, Matteo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu. 

Other players have however fared on well in the matches, with some key goals and assists as well. 

In Italy's match against Greece, Jorginho continued with his perfect scoring from the spot, finding the back of the net in a 2-0 win as they qualified for the Euro tournament. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga, however, could not help Spain keep their perfect qualifying record, as they drew 1-1 with Norway in Oslo, with the hosts converting from the spot in added time. 

Elsewhere in Scandinavia, Andreas Christensen played 87 minutes for Denmark as they moved joint top of their Euro 2020 qualification group thanks to a 1-0 home win over Switzerland.

On Sunday night, Mateo Kovacic was in action for Croatia as they settled for a 1-1 draw against Wales, but he was substituted after an injury. Ethan Ampadu, who was in the Wales team, was also withdrawn having suffered a similar knock. 

However, there was good news for Mitchy Batshuayi as he scored in their 2-0 over Kazakhstan on Sunday night. 

Elsewhere, Tammy Abraham made his England debut as they lost 2-1 away to the Czech Republic, in a match Mason Mount got his first senior start before he was replaced by another Blue; Ross Barkley, with Fikayo Tomori an unused sub. 

In Iceland, Giroud started for France upfront and gave his country the lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half against the hosts, with Kurt Zouma an unused sub. 


Liverpool fans were happy to see Dejan Lovren return as they beat Leicester City, and he played the whole game as Croatia defeated Hungary 3-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

In their first match of the international break, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum featured for 90 minutes as the Netherlands came from a goal down to register a 3-1 win at home to Northern Ireland in their qualifying tie.

However, Andy Robertson suffered defeat as Scotland were beaten 4-0 by Russia in Moscow, ending their qualification hopes. 

In Group I, Divock Origi was an unused substitute for leaders Belgium as they eased to a 9-0 rout of San Marino in Brussels, which assured their place at next year’s finals.

On Friday night, Jordan Henderson played the full match as England were beaten 2-1 by the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 qualifying match. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez were unused substitutes in Prague.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were also in action on Saturday afternoon, as Brazil settled for a 1-1 draw against Senegal, with Mane winning a penalty. 

On Sunday night, Georginio Wijnaldum bagged a brace for the Netherlands in their 2-1 win at Belarus, with Van Dijk also playing 90 minutes. 

Andy Robertson was on the winning side this time as he captained Scotland to a 6-0 rout of San Marino at Hampden Park.

Dejan Lovren too featured for the whole of Croatia's 1-1 draw in Wales. 

Fabinho and Roberto Firmino were both involved as Brazil played out a second successive 1-1 draw in their friendly against Nigeria on Sunday. 

Elsewhere in Kazakhstan, Divock Origi remained on the bench as already-qualified Belgium registered a 2-0 win.

Manchester United

Daniel James has continued with his form with the national team, helping them to another commendable draw at Cardiff City. His performance came on the back of a good outing against Slovakia, where he assisted their lone goal.

Scott McTominay too was on the assist list, as he played the full 90 minutes his Scotland team cruised to a 6-0 victory.

Elsewhere, Marcos Rojo was an unused substitute for Argentina, who cruised to a friendly victory over Ecuador in Elche, Spain.

David De Gea too was an unused sub as Spain was held to a 1-1 draw against Norway, with Victor Lindelof too sitting out of Sweden's 4-0 win over Malta.

Harry Maguire played the full 90 minutes and Marcus Rashford came on as a substitute as England suffered a 2-1 loss away to the Czech Republic, with on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson an unused sub. 

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