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How did your Premier League club players fare during the internationals?


Premier League players have been in action across the world during the international break.

But will your club's top stars be returning with a spring in their step following hat-trick heroics or match-winning magic - or with their head hanging down after a disappointing defeat?

Here's a round-up of how some of your club's internationals got on...


Olivier Giroud missed two good chances before he was replaced by Karim Benzema during France's win over Serbia
Image: Olivier Giroud missed two good chances before he was replaced by Karim Benzema during France's win over Serbia

Olivier Giroud returns to Arsenal after an evening to forget with France on Monday. The striker was jeered by his own fans after wasting a host of chances in a 2-1 win over Serbia in Bordeaux.

Petr Cech will be all smiles, though. The goalkeeper helped Czech Republic book their place at next summer's European Championship finals with 2-1 wins against Kazakhstan and Latvia.

Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey edged Germany and Wales closer to automatic qualification, and Theo Walcott was on target twice, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain providing an assist, as England secured progress by beating San Marino. The Ox also played the full 90 minutes against Switzerland, but Walcott and Kieran Gibbs were unused substitutes.

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Santi Cazorla played 69 minutes for Spain in their 1-0 win over Macedonia in Skopje, after being left on the bench for the win over Slovakia in Oviedo.

Away from Europe, Alexis Sanchez scored a late winner as Chile defeated an under-strength Paraguay 3-2 in Santiago.

Joel Campbell set up Bryan Ruiz to score the only goal of the game as Costa Rica secured a surprise 1-0 win over Uruguay while David Ospina conceded a late penalty as Colombia were held to a 1-1 draw by Peru in New Jersey.

Aston Villa

Scotland's Alan Hutton speaks to the officials during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
Image: Scotland's Alan Hutton let the officials know his thoughts after a disappointing defeat to Georgia

Tim Sherwood may be without Idrissa Gueye for Sunday's trip to Leicester City after the Senegal international appeared to pick up a hamstring injury in his side's 2-0 win at Namibia.

There was better news from Congo, where Jordan Ayew was on target for victorious visitors Ghana who later made it two wins from two in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying with a win against Rwanda, while Scotland's Alan Hutton may have given his manager food for thought by putting in an encouraging performance against world champions Germany.

Brad Guzan impressed for the USA as they came from behind to beat Peru 2-1 in Washington on Saturday but did not fare as well on Tuesday as Neymar scored twice in a 4-1 win for Brazil.

Idrissa Gueye was an unused substitute in Senegal's 1-0 defeat to South Africa while Carlos Sanchez played the full match as Colombia drew 1-1 with Peru.


Artur Boruc: Made 37 appearances on loan at Bournemouth this season
Image: Artur Boruc was not used by Poland

On-loan Chelsea winger Christian Atsu helped Ghana maintain their 100 per cent record in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying with victory in Rwanda, however, Tokelo Rantie featured in South Africa's embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Mauritania and was replaced after 53 minutes when they were reduced to 10 men.

Scotland's Matt Ritchie made a late cameo appearance against Germany but couldn't prevent another defeat, while Artur Boruc was an unused substitute for Poland's European Qualifiers.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici kept two clean sheets for Australia in their World Cup Qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan.


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Eden Hazard claimed all three points for Belgium with this late strike against their Group B opponents Cyprus

There were back-to-back goals for Eden Hazard during the international break - including a crucial, last-gasp winner against Cyprus on Sunday - but how he reacts to being described as 'the worst' of Belgium's players in their laboured win in Nicosia remains to be seen.

Hazard's first goal came in a 3-2 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, a fixture which also saw Chelsea goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic go head-to-head.

Elsewhere, new signing Abdul Baba Rahman played for Ghana in both their games as they beat Congo 3-2 and Rwanda 1-0, but Diego Costa - despite winning a penalty - struggled up front for Spain in their 2-0 win over Slovakia. He was then booked in Tuesday's clash with Macedonia - which means he will miss their next game against Luxembourg - and was substituted just after the hour mark.  

Pedro and Cesc Fabregas both started against Slovakia, but were left on the bench against Macedonia and Cesar Azpilicueta did not feature in either match for Spain.

Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic both featured as Serbia won their first qualifying game against Armenia, before getting another 90 minutes under their belts in Monday's friendly defeat to France.

Gary Cahill did not feature for England against San Marino, but played the full 90 minutes against Switzerland wearing a protective mask.

Crystal Palace

James McArthur of Scotland applauds the home support at the final whistle during the European Qualifier between Scotland and Germany
Image: James McArthur's strike against Germany was to no avail

Adrian Mariappa scored his first goal for his country but couldn't stop Jamaica losing 3-2 away against Nicaragua, while Wayne Hennessey continued his fine form for Wales, keeping two clean sheets as his side closed in on qualification. Hennessy has now managed five straight shut-outs for his country.

James McArthur also found the net, but his goal against Germany failed to prevent Scotland slipping to a damaging defeat to the world champions.


Republic of Ireland's midfielder James McCarthy (L) vies with Georgia's midfielder Tornike Okriashvili
Image: James McCarthy vies with Georgia's midfielder Tornike Okriashvili

It was a frustrating week of international football for Muhamed Besic. First, Bosnia and Herzegovina threw away a 1-0 lead to lose to Romelu Lukaku's Belgium, and then on Sunday the midfielder was shown a red card for throwing his chewing gum at an opponent.

There was double delight for Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy, though, as Republic of Ireland won back-to-back qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Coleman missed the first of those with a tight hamstring but both he and McCarthy played 90 minutes as Martin O'Neill's men boosted their Euro 2016 qualification hopes on Monday.

Ireland's victories put the pressure on Scotland - Steven Naismith disappointed in their shock defeat to Georgia. But there was plenty of cheer for Ross Barkley, who scored his first goal for England in a 6-0 drubbing of San Marino, which also saw John Stones and Phil Jagielka feature at the heart of the defence.  Barkley played almost all of England's win over Switzerland after replacing Fabian Delph in the second minute, while Stones played the final 22 minutes of that game.

Leicester City

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy will be in the England starting line-up on Saturday
Image: Jamie Vardy was given more game time for England by Roy Hodgson

There will be plenty of Leicester City players returning to training with a spring in their step after the international week.

Jamie Vardy failed to find the net but put in a hard-working performance against San Marino, as England sealed qualification to Euro 2016, but was not involved against Switzerland. Andy King, meanwhile, featured in both of Wales' qualifiers as they edge closer to sealing their place at the France showpiece.

There was more good news for Christian Fuchs, who captained Austria to qualification with victories over Moldova and Sweden, while Kasper Schmeichel produced two clean sheets in three days for Denmark.

Elsewhere, Riyad Mahrez set up the opening goal in Algeria's 3-1 win over Lesotho, and Jeffrey Schlupp came on in added time during Ghana's 1-0 victory away to Rwanda. Gokhan Inler missed Switzerland's win over Slovenia, but captained his nation in the defeat to England at Wembley.


Image: Christian Benteke was criticised playing for Belgium

Summer signing Christian Benteke came in for criticism for his performance against Cyprus before being substituted for Liverpool team-mate Divock Origi.

However, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner both started in England's demolition of San Marino and the 2-0 win over Switzerland at Wembley - although Clyne was taken off on 68 minutes.

Emre Can made his Germany debut in their victory over Poland and looked good going forward during their 3-2 win in Scotland.

Summer signing Roberto Firmino remained on Brazil's bench during their 1-0 win over Costa Rica, where Philippe Coutinho appeared as a second-half substitute.

It was the opposite in the 4-1 victory over USA as Firmino came on at half-time and Coutinho was an unused substitute.

Manchester City

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New Manchester City signing Kevin De Bruyne shone in Belgium's win over Cyprus

Kevin De Bruyne showed exactly why City forked out big money for him during the international break, inspiring Belgium to a comeback win against Bosnia and Herzegovina with a goal and an assist before playing a sublime long-range pass in the build-up to Eden Hazard's late winner against Cyprus.

Captain Vincent Kompany also featured in those qualifiers for Belgium, while Sergio Aguero played a starring role in Argentina's 7-0 thrashing of Bolivia, scoring two and setting up three more during the victory.

Fabian Delph came off the bench to create the first of Theo Walcott's two goals in England's win in San Marino, but went down with an apparent hamstring injury 20 seconds in to the Wembley clash with Switzerland and had to be taken off. Joe Hart played in both games, while Raheem Sterling only featured against the Swiss.

Bacary Sagna tasted victory, helping France to wins over Portugal and Serbia - against whom he provided an assist. Eliaquim Mangala joined Sagna on the field for the latter, playing 90 minutes in the 2-1 win.

David Silva claimed the assist in Spain's opening goal as they saw off Slovakia 2-0 and he played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win against Macedonia.

Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney's penalty against Switzerland was his 50th goal for England and saw him overtake Sir Bobby Charlton to become the country's record goal scorer

David de Gea played his first competitive match in nearly four months as Spain laboured to a 1-0 win in Macedonia , while Juan Mata will claim the only goal of the game - after his cross-shot ended up finding its way into the back of the net.

Louis van Gaal will hope Wayne Rooney can find the net for Manchester United against Liverpool this weekend after the striker claimed England's all-time scoring record with penalties against San Marino and Switzerland.  

However, the United boss may be without Michael Carrick, after the midfielder withdrew from the England camp with a calf problem. Luke Shaw played the full 90 minutes of both England matches, while Chris Smalling started against Switzerland.

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Van Gaal will also have to lift the spirits of his compatriots Memphis Depay and Daley Blind - the pair were unable to prevent the Netherlands from slumping to back-to-back defeats to Iceland and Turkey, which leaves their country's Euro 2016 hopes hanging by a thread.

It was a more enjoyable international break for Marouane Fellaini, who was on the scoresheet for Belgium in their victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina, and James Wilson, who made the perfect start to U21 football with England's winner against the United States' U23 side.

New signing Anthony Martial won his first two France caps with late substitute appearances against Portugal and Serbia, while, at the other end of the scale, Bastian Schweinsteiger became Germany's fourth most-capped player in history against Scotland.

Newcastle United

Netherlands' Georgino Wijnaldum (R-2) is dejected
Image: Georginio Wijnaldum sums up the mood in the Netherlands camp

New signing Georginio Wijnaldum had a tough week, playing 80 minutes of the Netherlands' defeat at home to Iceland, before coming on at half-time in their surprise 3-0 loss in Turkey which seriously damaged their Euro 2016 qualification hopes.

Elsewhere, Chancel Mbemba couldn't prevent DR Congo slipping to a 2-0 loss against the Central African Republic and, although he netted a fortunate goal off his thigh, Aleksandar Mitrovic was on the losing side in Serbia's clash with France.

Norwich City

Northern Ireland's striker Kyle Lafferty (C) celebrates after scoring their late equaliser during the Euro 2016 qualifying group F
Image: Kyle Lafferty scored a late equaliser against Hungary

Kyle Lafferty will be bouncing around the Norwich City training ground after scoring a vital injury-time equaliser for Northern Ireland against Hungary to maintain his nation's push for a Euro 2016 berth.

The Republic of Ireland are now well-placed, too, and Robbie Brady - who had a nervy opening 20 minutes against Georgia - settled to help his side over the line in the second half. The Norwich full-back was always a threat with his delivery from set-piece situations, while Wes Hoolahan was replaced by James McClean in the 75th minute.

It was a good week for Alex Tettey, too, who played the full 90 minutes for Norway as they moved top of Group H with a 2-0 win against Croatia, as Martin Olsson continued his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery by starting for Sweden in their narrow defeat in Russia and their 4-1 humbling at home to Austria.


SAINT-RAPHAEL, FRANCE - JUNE 03:  Cedric Soares of Portugal in action during the Toulon U21 tournament match between Italy and Portugal at Stade de l'Ester
Image: Cedric Soares appeared for Portugal against Albania

Southampton's internationals were among the goals this week.  Graziano Pelle came to the rescue for Italy in Euro 2016 qualification, scoring the only goal as Antonio Conte's struggling Azzurri side overcame a stubborn Malta outfit in Florence.

Shane Long was on target too, scoring for Republic of Ireland against Gibraltar before inspiring a much-improved second-half display against Georgia.

Sadio Mane scored as Senegal beat Namibia 2-0 in African Cup of Nations qualifying, while Maya Yoshida netted for Japan in their 3-0 victory over Cambodia.

Elsewhere, Steve Davis captained Northern Ireland in their 1-1 draw with Hungary, Cuco Martina captained Curacao to a narrow 1-0 defeat against El Salvador and Cedric Soares came on in the 54th minute for Portugal against Albania as his side claimed a late 1-0 win.

Stoke City

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland (14) celebrates with Shane Long (9) as he scores their first goal during the U
Image: Jonathan Walters was Ireland's match-winner against Georgia

Stoke City's Republic of Ireland trio Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan and Shay Given enjoyed a productive week on international duty.

They played every minute of their nation's 4-0 win in Gibraltar, Walters was Republic of Ireland's match-winner against Georgia, Given kept two clean sheets, and Whelan produced solid performances in the middle of the park - although a late booking on Monday means he misses their next qualifier.

Geoff Cameron returned to action for the United States following a lengthy period away from internationals as a second half substitute in their win over Peru.

Record signing Xherdan Shaqiri assisted Switzerland's second as they came from 2-0 down to beat Slovenia 3-2 and looked lively against England at Wembley, where Jack Butland was once again a spectator.

Marko Arnautovic will return in positive mood after he helped Austria secure qualification for Euro 2016 with wins over Moldova and Sweden.


Striker Steven Fletcher (left) misses from close range with Scotland's best first-half chance
Image: Steven Fletcher was unable to find the net against Georgia

After comfortably keeping a clean sheet in Gibraltar, John O'Shea produced a brilliant block early on in Republic of Ireland's win over Georgia to help his nation record back-to-back wins.

Steven Fletcher had a less enjoyable week, though, with his Scotland side suffering a shock loss to Georgia before falling short after a spirited effort against Germany.

Costel Pantilimon will be keen to pull on his goalkeeping gloves for Sunderland this weekend, though - he didn't get any game time for Romania against Greece or Hungary.

Elsewhere, Seb Larsson played 180 miserable minutes for Sweden as they suffered defeats to Russia and Austria. Team-mate Ola Toivenen was a half-time substitute in the first of those games.

Swansea City

Iceland's midfielder Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson (2nd L) celebrates after scoring a penalty kick
Image: Gylfi Sigurdsson is mobbed after scoring his penalty for Iceland against Netherlands

Some key Swansea City players will be returning to club football with a smile on their face. Ashley Williams captained Wales to the brink of Euro 2016 with a vital victory in Cyprus and then a hard-fought draw with Israel on Sunday, while Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty for Iceland against Netherlands to seal a 1-0 victory before contributing to a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Kazakhstan to seal qualification. 

Jonjo Shelvey pressed home his claim for a place in England's Euro 2016 squad after impressing in the 6-0 win over San Marino, but he was substituted just before the hour mark against Switzerland at Wembley.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, however, suffered the ignominy of conceding a goal at home to Gibraltar - although Poland did win 8-1 - while Eder started Portugal's friendly against France before coming on as a late sub in his nation's last-gasp win over Albania.


Son Heung-Min of South Korea celebrates after scoring a goal
Image: Heung-Min Son scored a hat-trick for South Korea

New recruit Heung-Min Son showed exactly what he can bring to Spurs with a hat-trick for South Korea in their World Cup qualifier with minnows Laos.

He could join Harry Kane in attack this weekend after the England man netted his first goal of the season against San Marino before following it up with another against Switzerland to take his international record to three goals in four matches.

With Christian Eriksen an injury doubt after he missed Denmark's fixtures with a knee injury, Erik Lamela could be in the frame for a start, too - he started for Argentina as they crushed Bolivia 7-0.

Tottenham's defensive duo of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld also had a good week, helping Belgium to wins over Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cyprus, while Hugo Lloris captained France to friendly victories over Portugal and Serbia.


Scotland's Ikechi Anya (right) is tackled by Solomon Kverkvelia
Image: Scotland's Ikechi Anya in action against Georgia

Valon Behrami was part of the Switzerland side that fought back from 2-0 down to beat Estonia at St. Jakob-Park before being substituted towards the end of the 2-0 defeat to England.

Elsewhere, Ikechi Anya featured in Scotland's shock defeat away to Georgia, before appearing off the bench as Gordon Strachan's side were beaten by Germany and Sebastian Prodl helped Austria to a clean sheet against Moldova before they secured qualification with a 4-1 win over Sweden.

Giedrius Arlauskis appeared between the sticks for Lithuania as they were beaten by Estonia and then was sent off for a professional foul against San Marino. To make matters worse, San Marino scored their first away goal in 14 years from the resulting free-kick.

West Brom

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Gareth McAuley scored twice to help secure a crucial 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands

Gareth McAuley scored twice as Northern Ireland defeated the Faroe Islands to move closer to Euro 2016 qualification and, along with Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans, played a key role as Michael O'Neill's men snatched a draw with Hungary.

However, James Chester was forced to sit out Wales' crucial 1-0 win over Cyprus and 0-0 with Israel after failing to recover from a hamstring injury and Jonas Olsson was an unused substitute for Sweden's 4-1 defeat to Austria.

Club-record signing Salomon Rondon scored an injury-time equaliser for 10-man Venezeula as they drew 1-1 with Panama.

West Ham

Winston Reid of West Ham United arrives prior to the Barclays Premier League match v West Bromwich Albion
Image: Winston Reid had a bad week

Cheikhou Kouyate found the target for Senegal as they saw off Namibia but spare a thought for Winston Reid who travelled all the way to Myanmar with New Zealand, only to have a shot cannon in off his legs in a 1-1 draw. 

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