International

Wins for Belgium, England, Croatia and Germany

Michy Batshuayi netted a brace for Belgium as they defeated Iceland in what was the standout performance of those Chelsea players involved on international duty this evening.

The striker, currently on loan at Valencia, scored both goals in the second half to maintain the Red Devils’ perfect Nations League campaign.

The first goal arrived at the end of a move which also involved Eden Hazard, and Batshuayi doubled his tally 16 minutes later. Hazard captained the side before being withdrawn in the second half and Belgium are now well placed to progress going into their final game against Switzerland.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek came off the bench for England in the Three Lions’ comfortable 3-0 friendly win over USA, which saw Wayne Rooney pick up his 120th and final cap before retiring from international football. Loftus-Cheek played the last 21 minutes after replacing Harry Winks while Ross Barkley was an unused substitute.

Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson, making his England debut, scored the goals at Wembley. Matt Miazga started for the visitors.

England can still win the Nations League after Croatia defeated Spain 3-2, but the Three Lions will have to beat Croatia in their final group game on Sunday to keep those hopes alive.

In that game, Alvaro Morata came off the bench to play 25 minutes while Kepa, Cesar Azpilicueta and Croatia's Mateo Kovacic were all unused subs. The home side scored the winning goal right at the death of an entertaining contest.

Elsewhere, Germany were in friendly action and Toni Rudiger featured for just over an hour as they defeated Russia 3-0, while Tomas Kalas remained on the bench during Czech Republic’s 1-0 win away at Poland.

Earlier today, England Under-21s defeated Italy 2-1 in a friendly, with Fikayo Tomori and Jake Clarke-Salter partnering each other in defence, although the latter was forced off injured after just four minutes.

Jay Dasilva played the full 90 minutes while Tammy Abraham came on as a sub for the Young Lions. The victory now extends their unbeaten run to 21 games.

Faustino Anjorin started for England Under-18s who were held to a 2-2 draw by Netherlands in the first game of their mini-tournament in Spain.

Ten-man England, who had goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond sent off after just six minutes for handling outside his area, looked on course for a victory as they led 2-1, but the Netherlands scores a last-gasp equaliser to earn a draw.

Anjorin was withdrawn after 73 minutes, Clinton Mola was an unused sub.
 

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