There were European Championship qualifying victories for Italy and Spain on Saturday evening, with several Blues past and present involved.
The Spanish were 2-1 winners against Norway, with Alvaro Morata, on loan at Atletico Madrid, starting in attack while Kepa Arrizabalaga was an unused substitute. Morata was replaced on 89 minutes by debutant Jaime Mata. Goals on the night came courtesy of Rodrigo and Sergio Ramos for the Spanish, with Bournemouth’s Josh King replying for the Norwegians inbetween.
Jorginho was a starter for Italy as they emerged 2-0 winners over Finland. The Chelsea man played 90 minutes at the heart of the Italian midfield, whose goals came courtesy of Nicola Barella and Moise Kean.
Michael Hector played for Jamaica who were beaten 2-0 in El Salvador. The result dropped the Reggae Boyz to seventh in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers.
There was disappointment for four young internationals as England U19s were defeated against Greece, leaving qualification for the Euro finals at that their age group out of their hands. They lost 2-1 at St George’s Park with Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher and Tariq Lamptey starting and George McEahran replacing Gallagher in the second half.
It was a better day for Juan Castillo and Daishawn Redan with Netherlands U19s who won their game against Slovenia with Castillo scoring a late penalty. They lead their group after two games.
Billy Gilmour played 71 minutes of Scotland U19s’ game against Cyprus in which they were victorious 4-0. The Scots lead their group with two wins from two games.
At Under-17 level, Ian Maatsen played in the Netherlands’ 2-0 win against Israel and Thierno Ballo played 65 minutes of Austria’s 0-0 draw with Turkey.