Internationals - mixed fortunes in final matches
16 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
It was draws all round for our players representing European countries on the final night of international action on Tuesday (November 15).
Moussa Sissoko went on as a half-time substitute for France and was inches away from breaking the deadlock with a header as Les Bleus drew 0-0 with Ivory Coast in a friendly in Lens. Hugo Lloris was an unused substitute as boss Didier Deschamps handed Benoit Costil his first cap.
There was also stalemate between Kevin Wimmer’s Austria and Slovakia in their friendly in Vienna, Kevin introduced as a substitute in the 84th minute.
As previously reported , Eric Dier and Danny Rose featured for England in their 2-2 draw with Spain at Wembley – Kyle Walker was an unused substitute – while young goalkeeper Pau Lopez was on the bench for Spain Under-21s as they edged through to next summer’s European Under-21 Championship finals with a goalless draw in the home leg of their qualifying play-off against Austria. The two sides had drawn 1-1 in Austria on Friday, meaning Spain progressed on away goals.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Victor Wanyama started and captained Kenya in their 1-0 home victory over Liberia, the midfielder being withdrawn just after the interval, while Heung-Min Son put in a full shift for South Korea as they beat Uzbekistan 2-1 at home in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
In the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, November 16), defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was on the bench for the senior USA side for the first time as they succumbed to a 4-0 defeat away to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying.
On Monday evening, midfielder Harry Winks made his debut for England Under-21s, setting up their first goal in a 3-2 defeat in France. He was substituted after 65 minutes.
That same night, young defenders Jon Dinzeyi and Jaden Brown completed the full game for England Under-18s as they battled out a goalless draw with France in Peterborough to claim the International Trophy, which they’ve been competing for over recent days. Fellow defender Japhet Tanganga went on as an 83rd-minute substitute. There was a ‘friendly’ penalty shootout after the game in which Dinzeyi netted, but France’s 5-4 victory on spot kicks had no bearing on the overall result.