Goals and debuts for Chelsea players as the international break heads into next games
A number of Chelsea stars gave impressive performances over the first round of internationals, but other failed to feature. Two of the forwards on duty added goals for their countries and while others made their debuts. Here is what is to come over the second half of the international break.
England v Brazil
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham both made their debuts from the start of England’s game against Germany on Friday. Both youngsters performed well and had chances to change a game which finished in a goalless draw. Loftus-Cheek played the whole 90 minutes and could well be in Gareth Southgate’s backup plans should injuries occur with the first XI. Abraham was replaced on the hour mark but could feature in future squads. Gary Cahill did not feature in the Germany game but may be recalled to face Brazil on Tuesday if the starting line up includes more senior players.
England v Brazil
Willian played a little over 70 minutes in Brazil’s 3-1 win over Japan on Friday with all three of their goals coming in the first half. The forward will be aiming to get more game time in the England friendly and be sure of a place in the final squad ahead of Russia.
Belgium v Japan
Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard played form the start of the 3-3 draw on Friday night. Belgium took the lead as Hazard scored in the 17th minute but neither side held an advantage for long. Courtois was in goal throughout the game and will have been disappointed to let three goals in. Belgium now face Japan in their second warm-up friendly but it could be a much-changed side as they look to test some of the fringe players ahead of the World Cup.
Italy v Sweden
Davide Zappacosta did not feature as his side lost 1-0 away in Sweden. Italy must now turn the tie around if they are to feature at the World Cup next summer. After not playing during the first match it is unlikely that Zappacosta will be called upon in the return leg but with impressive performances for his club, he may force his way in for the final squad.
Republic of Ireland v Denmark
Andreas Christensen did not make the field as Denmark drew 0-0 in the home leg of their playoff against Ireland. They must now travel for the away leg in search of a result to take them to Russia. As with Zappacosta above, it is unlikely that Christensen will be involved from the start of the second leg but he could feature in future games for the Danes, and may make the World Cup squad should they progress.
Germany v France
Antonio Rüdiger played the full game against England on Friday and helped his side keep a clean sheet. Apart from a robust challenge on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the young German impressed and he could get more minutes against France. The French side has a high number of Premier League players in but club-mate N’golo Kante was not part of the squad for this round of games.
Russia v Spain
Alvaro Morata added to his goal tally with one in the 5-0 win over Costa Rica on Saturday before being replaced at halftime. Spain now travel to face the hosts of the World Cup and Morata could get more game time as he looks to cement a place as one of Spain’s top attackers.