Internationals – England held, Son and Scarlett score, Hojbjerg qualifies
Tue 12 October 2021, 23:02|Tottenham Hotspur
There were mixed fortunes for our players in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifiers.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had reason to celebrate after helping Denmark secure their place at Qatar 2022 with a 1-0 victory over Austria in Copenhagen.
The result saw the Danes maintain their 100 per cent record at the top of Group F, with Pierre completing the full game in central midfield.
England captain Harry Kane was left frustrated, though, as the Three Lions were held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary at Wembley. John Stones cancelled out the visitors’ early penalty, but Gareth Southgate’s men couldn’t find a winner, with Harry withdrawn after 76 minutes. England are still in pole position to qualify from Group I, however.
Earlier on Tuesday, in the Asian section of World Cup qualifying, Heung-Min Son opened the scoring for South Korea in what turned out to be a 1-1 draw in Iran. The result means Iran stay two points clear of South Korea at the top of the table, with Sonny playing the full 90 minutes.
In the African section, on-loan Pape Matar Sarr was an unused substitute for Senegal in their 3-1 victory in Namibia.
Monday night’s World Cup qualifier saw defenders Joe Rodon and Maksim Paskotsi complete the full game on opposite sides as Wales beat Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn. Wales are third in Group E, behind Czech Republic on goal difference, although Robert Page’s men have a game in hand.
Back to Tuesday night and in friendly action, Matt Doherty played the first half and on-loan Troy Parrott came on for the last 12 minutes as Republic of Ireland cruised to a 4-0 victory over Qatar in Dublin.
Youth international action
Dane Scarlett scored twice for England Under-19s on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from suffering a 3-2 defeat to Belgium in the last of their three games at the Marbella Cup. Alfie Devine and Nile John both featured as substitutes. Thimothee Lo-Tutala’s France Under-19s beat Mexico 4-1 in their final game at the same tournament on Monday.
After back-to-back clean sheets, goalkeeper Isak Solberg was this time on the losing end of a European Under-19 Championship qualifier with Norway Under-19s as they went down 1-0 to Georgia on Tuesday, with Isak again completing the full match.
Monday saw Oliver Skipp remain an unused substitute as 10-man England Under-21s won 1-0 in Andorra in qualifying for the European Under-21 Championship.
Here are the remaining fixtures during the international break…
Thursday 14 October
Davinson Sanchez - Colombia home 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ecuador - kick-off 10pm
Friday 15 October
Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero - Argentina home 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Peru - kick-off 12.30am
Emerson Royal - Brazil home 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uruguay - kick-off 1.30am