International Watch

Bukayo Saka made his England debut in their 3-0 friendly victory over neighbours Wales. 

The teenager started at left wing back and after a quiet start grew into the game, forcing Wayne Hennessey into a smart stop midway through the second half.

He lasted 70 minutes before he was replaced by Arsenal teammate Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who came on to earn just his second cap. 

It looks like the future of England’s left backs could come from North London.

Saka. Caps: 1
Maitland-Niles. Caps: 2.

Sead Kolašinac’s hopes of featuring at Euro 2020 at the end of the season are over after Bosnia & Herzegovina’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Northern Ireland in their qualification play-off semi-final.

The defender started on the left side of defence and was only substituted on 118 minutes with penalties looming. His replacement, Haris Hajradinović went on to miss his spot-kick in a 4-3 shoot-out defeat.

Kolašinac. Caps: 32.

Nicolas Pépé and Ivory Coast held Belgium, who top the FIFA world rankings, to a 1-1 draw. 

The Arsenal winger started in a front three alongside rumoured target Wilfried Zaha but the African side were second best throughout the encounter.

Pépé had two chances to equalise after Michy Batshuayi had fired Belgium ahead but forced a good save from Simon Mignolet before missing the target minutes later.

Côte d’Ivoire did manage to level things up though as Franck Kessié netted from the spot after Zaha was taken down. Pépé was then replaced in the final seconds.

Pépé. Caps: 19. Goals: 5.

Mattéo Guendouzi once again captained France U21 as they thrashed Liechtenstein 5-0. 

The young French side are level on points with leaders Switzerland, who have a game in hand as they chase a place at the European U21 Championship.

Guendouzi. Caps: 12.

Lucas Torreira and Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson were both unused substitutes as Iceland and Uruguay both claimed 2-1 victories.

Arsenal fans will get their first glimpse of Thomas Partey since he signed for Arsenal tonight with Ghana in action against Mali

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