The international break is over, which means the Premier League is back at the weekend. But before we prepare for Chelsea’s visit, let’s take a look at how blues stars went on for their relevant countries.
All the pre-match talk was about Raheem Sterling being dropped for the match following his altercation with Joe Gomez, but the blues still had a representative in the match against Montenegro. And John Stones played his part in keeping a clean sheet as the Three Lions thrashed the visitors 7-0 to qualify for Euro 2020. Gomez was booed by a small section of England fans, which lead to Sterling to call out those fans who booed the Liverpool man. Sterling showed his class by defending Gomez and taking full responsibility for the altercation.
Three days later, Sterling returned to the starting line up and set up two goals as England sealed top spot with a 4-0 win in Kosovo. But is was an unconvincing performance against Kosovo, but the Three Lions can now look forward to being seeded for next summer’s tournament and will also play all three games at Wembley
Bernardo Silva made one and scored one as Portugal thrashed Lithuania 6-0. Silva, who will miss City’s match at home to Chelsea on Saturday, scored Portugal’s fifth, before setting up Cristiano Ronaldo two minutes later for the Juventus man to bag his hat-trick.
Silva was booked in Portugal’s 2-0 win at Luxembourg as the European champions secured their place alongside England at next summer’s finals.
Benjamin Mendy didn’t feature in either if France’s two matches as the World Champions secured top spot in group H.
Rodri played the full 90 minutes as Spain hammered Malt a 7-0, however the City holding midfielder didn’t feature in the 5-0 win over Romania as Spain also qualified for Euro 2020.
Kevin de Bruyne featured in Belgium’s 4-1 away win in Russia, however the City assist king scored two and could have had a hat-trick as the Red Devils battered Cyprus 6-1 as Belgium finished top of group I.
Brazil v Argentina
Sergio Aguero didn’t feature for Agentina, but Nicolas Otamendi came up against City teammate Gabriel Jesus in this friendly in Saudi Arabia, as Lionel scored the only goal of the game as Argentina beat their old rivals 1-0. Jesus has a chance to give Brazil the lead in the 9th minute, but put his penalty wide.
Aguero returned to the starting line up in Tel Aviv as Argentina drew 2-2 with Uruguay,with the City hotshot equalising Uruguay’s opener.