FPL International Round-Up Oct 2020
The October window was a very busy international window for international teams, many of which played up to three games.
- In Europe, qualifiers for Euro 2020 and UEFA Nations League ties
- In South America, 2022 World Cup qualifiers
- Friendlies elsewhere for other continents; several nations did not play but simply arranged a national team catch-up
England played three games over the window, won twice and scored 5 goals.
There were 5 different scorers for England, but the trio – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Conor Coady (WOL) and Danny Ings (SOU) would be particularly pleased to have scored their first for England.
Calvert-Lewin is on fire since the start of the season and took his scoring form to the national team as well. The 23-year-old has now scored 10 goals for club and country and it is barely October.
It was an interesting goal for Coady as well – the Wolves center-back has yet to score in the Premier League despite playing in every league game since Aug 2018. He has only ever score twice in his career in club football in nearly 300 appearances; he now has 1 England goal after 3 caps. FPL managers will hope Coady can start to score for Wolves as well to make him a more attractive choice as defender.
Mason Mount (CHE) and Marcus Rashford (MNU) also scored for England. Rashford took a penalty but is always going to be behind Bruno Fernandes at his club in the pecking order.
Harry Maguire (MNU) endured a poor outing with the Three Lions. He was sent off after 31 minutes against Denmark after a wild tackle to retrieve the ball after his awful first touch. His series of errors had been high profile so far this season, it may not be long before he drops to the bench for both club and country.
Elsewhere, Jordan Pickford (EVE) appears to be Gareth Southgate’s number one. His errors over last weekend’s games was overlooked by the England gaffer as he started the two competitive games. Nick Pope (BUR) is a firm number two.
Chelsea’s German Assets Star
Chelsea’s German stars continue to play key roles for the national team.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have both yet to score in the Premier League for the Blues but both found the net against Switzerland. Their partnership upfront was a joy to watch and Chelsea would hope that it would flourish at club level too.
Interestingly, Antonio Rudiger played 180 minutes for the German side at the back. There were rumours of a possible over the window but nothing materialised and Rudiger is still a Chelsea player. He has only made the matchday squad once this season and have not played a single minute of club football this season. By some reckoning, Rudiger is currently the 5th choice center back at the club.
The Blues play Southampton this weekend.
Sigurdsson the Icelandic Hero
At one stage at the beginning of the season, Gylfi Sigurdsson (EVE) appears to be out of the Everton team for good. New signings like Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan have transformed Everton’s midfield.
However, with Allan’s injury, Sigurdsson is back in the reckoning.
He starred for his nation in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, scoring twice as Iceland progressed to the next round.
Staying with the Merseyside Derby, Andrew Robertson (LIV) captained his Scotland side to the next round of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The Scots held Israel 0-0 and won the penalty shootout. They are now 90mins away from a first major tournament since 1998.
South American Players
The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers for South America kicked off this international break.
A swathe of Premier League players returned to their home continent for the matches. This is an intriguing point for FPL managers to note – some of these South American players may not return in time for the games over the weekend. The lethargy of the long travel may also render them not 100%.
Roberto Firmino (LIV) scored twice for Brazil as they started their campaign with 9 goals in 2 matches. Thiago Silva (CHE), Douglas Luiz (AVL) and Richarlison (EVE) also played significant roles.
Ederson (MCI) made the trip back but did not play.
Colombia featured four Premier League players over their two qualifiers – James Rodriguez (EVE), Davison Sanchez (TOT), Yerry Mina (EVE) and Steven Alzate (BHA). They too started their campaign well with 4 pts.
Emiliano Martinez (AVL) earned his call-up to Argentina but was not capped.
Miguel Almiron (NEW) also played an a key role for Paraguay.
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