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November International Roundup

For the final time this year, fans will have to make do with international football instead of club football. With Liverpool not in action for the weekend, let us check in on several Reds who’re away on international duty.

In Thursday’s 3-0 victory over USA, Trent-Alexander Arnold grabbed his maiden goal for England. In the buildup to the game, all talk was centered on Wayne Rooney’s farewell game, but it was Trent who stole the show with a sublime performance. The 20 year old was named in Southgate’s lineup, and rewarded his manager when he scored in the 27th minute. His strike was sandwiched between Jesse Lingard’s opener and debutant Callum Wilson’s goal. Trent’s outstanding display against USA didn’t go unnoticed, and he was named the Man of the Match. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also played a part in the victory, coming on as a substitute just before the hour mark. England next play Croatia in their UEFA Nations League clash, where they’ll likely come up against club teammate Dejan Lovren.

 

Earlier in the evening, Dominic Solanke notched a brace to help England’s U21s secure a 2-1 friendly victory over their Italian counterparts.

Moving on, Dejan Lovren played a part in his country’s 3-2 triumph over Spain. Tin Jedvaj’s last-gasp winner was enough for Croatia to win the tie. Croatia’s win means that should they triumph in London, they would be progressing from Group 4. Any kind of draw would see Spain top the group, while a goalless draw would see the Croats relegated at the expense of the English.

In more UEFA Nations League action, Georginio Wijnaldum was on target for the Netherlands. The midfielder struck against France before the break, and was eventually substituted just before the game ended. Club teammate Virgil van Djik played the entirety of the game. Memphis Depay’s stoppage-time paneka meant that the Netherlands ran out 2-0 victors.

In the Africa Cup of Nations, Mohammed Salah was once again his country’s saviour. The forward scored the winner in the dying embers of the game, earning Egypt a crucial 3-2 victory over Tunisia. The result meant that the Pharaohs are level on 12 points with Tunisia, with their final group fixture against Niger to be played in March next year.

Back at the Emirates Stadium, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker played the full duration as Brazil beat Uruguay. Neymar’s penalty was the difference, with the Seleção winning 1-0. Fabinho was an unused substitute for Friday’s game.

While Firmino and co were celebrating, goalkeeper Kamil Grabara endured a frustrating evening for Poland U21s. His side were beaten 1-0 by Portugal in the first leg of their European Championship qualifying playoff. The two sides will meet again on Tuesday.

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