Ben Woodburn was the shining light in a very successful week for Liverpool’s contingent of international players.
The teenager claimed a goal an assist for Wales whilst Sadio Mané also achieved the same feat whilst with Senegal. There were also goals for Philippe Coutinho and Mohammed Salah as well as a clean sheet for Dejan Lovren.
Finally, Trent Alexander-Arnold made his England U21s bow under new captain Joe Gomez.
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Coutinho put his transfer saga behind him with a goal for Brazil in their 2-0 victory over Ecuador on 1 September. Coutinho came on as a 59th minute substitute, and made a quick impact, slotting home Brazil’s second in the 76th minute. Roberto Firmino was an unused substitute for the tie in Porto Alegre.
Firmino then started and played 63 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Colombia on Tuesday whilst Coutinho again came off the bench, this time as a 75th minute substitute for the game at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez.
Salah celebrated being awarded Liverpool’s ‘Player of the Month’ award for August with the only goal of the game in Egypt’s 1-0 win over Uganda on Tuesday evening. The forward scored the winner in the sixth minute, but went on to play the full 90 minutes at the Alexandria Stadium.
Salah goal vs. Uganda: pic.twitter.com/lYMPKqrE8R
— David (@DerKopite) September 5, 2017
Woodburn burst onto the international scene by coming off the bench to score the winner on his Wales’ debut as his side edged out a 1-0 victory at home to Austria last Saturday.
The 17-year-old replaced Tom Lawrence in the 69th minute, before changing the game with a superb 25-yard strike five minutes later. The winger again was the savior for his country just days later, by claiming an assist for the opener as Chris Coleman’s side sealed a 2-0 win over Moldova.
Woodburn came on as a 61st minute substitute, and set up Hal Robson-Kanu for the opener ten minutes from time. Danny Ward was an unused substitute in both of Wales’ World Cup qualifiers.
Elsewhere, Lovren kept a clean sheet as Croatia secured a 1-0 victory over Kosovo in the World Cup qualifiers. The defender played the full 90 minutes for the tie last Sunday, but then played the duration of their 1-0 defeat away at Turkey on Tuesday.
Mané also made an impact for his country, but Senegal suffered consecutive draws against Burkina Faso over the international break.
The winger played the duration of their goalless draw last Saturday before he then claimed a goal and an assist in the 2-2 draw just three days later, setting up Ismaila Sarr for the equaliser before completing the turnaround in the 75th minute.
Meanwhile, Emre Can featured as Germany secured back-to-back victories in their World Cup qualifiers.
The midfielder came on as a 79th minute substitute in their 2-1 away win at Czech Republic last Friday before being an unused substitute on Monday as his side thrashed Norway 6-0 at Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Gomez on U21 captaincy: "It meant a lot to me with my family there and leading out your country is not something that can be taken lightly.”
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Finally, a quarter of youngsters were in action for England U21s over the international break. Gomez captained England U21s to a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands, but received a 64th minute yellow card.
Dominic Solanke started but was replaced in the 71st minute whilst Alexander-Arnold was an unused substitute. The full-back then made his debut by featuring the entirety of their 3-0 win over Latvia at the Vitality Stadium, whlist Gomez also got another 90 minutes under his belt.
Sheyi Ojo earned a start and featured for 58 minutes whilst Solanke came on as a 71st minute substitute for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.