FPL International Break Nov 2020
According to the FF Scout’s tabulation, at least 208 Premier League players were called up to play for their international teams over the Nov 2020 International Break.
This number is staggering and we take a look at some of the top players have performed.
In Europe, the final set of Euro 2020 qualifiers were played and the Group Stages of the UEFA Nations League were concluded. In Africa, international football was reconvened for the first time in nearly a year and in Latin America, two more set of 2022 World Cup qualifiers were played. It was quiet for Asia, Oceanic and North American teams otherwise.
We look at how some key FPL players have performed. Given the sheer list of players involved, we would not have been able to cover every Premier League player.
Liverpool stole much of the headlines during the International Break – for mainly the wrong reasons. They lost Gomez (DEF) to an injury before an England ball was kicked and had Salah (MID) tested positive for COVID-19 later on. Gomez is likely to miss the chunk of the season while Salah is still returning positive test results at time of writing. Skipper Henderson (MID) limped an England game because of a knock but is thought to be ok. Likewise, Robertson (DEF) missed a Scotland game but looks good for the weekend at time of writing.
There were, plenty of positives though for other Liverpool stalwarts.
Robertson (DEF) captained his Scotland to their first major tournament in 22 years, winning a tense penalty shootout. Wijnaldum’s (MID) influence within the Dutch team continues to grow as he scored 3 goals in 2 games, despite his nation’s failure to win their group. The Dutch midfielder have now scored more goals for Netherlands (13) than for Liverpool (11) since the start of 2018. I would have him in my fantasy UEFA Nations League team.
Firmino (FWD) found the net for Brazil – he is now a regular starter for his national team.
For the AFCON qualifiers, Mane (MID) score two goals in two games as his nation earned qualification with 2 games to go. Keita (MID) scored for Guinea as well in Chad.
City’s stars also impressed for their respective nations.
The headliner was new signing Ferran Torres (MID), who scored a sensational hattrick in his 7th game for Spain as his nation romped to a 6-0 win over Germany. His teammate Rodri (MID) also found the net in the same game.
Dias (DEF) also scored twice for Portugal when they beat Croatia.
Foden’s (MID) stock continued to rise as he scored his first international goals for England. Manager Southgate commented afterwards that Foden would be a top England player for years.
Mahrez (MID) also scored for Algeria, though they were bitterly held to a 2-2 in lowly Zimbabwe.
Chelsea players continued to make splashes in the international arena.
Werner (FWD) scored twice for Germany over Ukraine to take his goal tally to 11 for club and country this season. His fellow striker Giroud (FWD) scored twice for France to take his personal French tally to 44. Giroud has now played the same number of international games (6) as club games (6) and has scored more international goals to date (5; 1 club goal). Even though he is out of favour at Chelsea, he look set to lead France into Euro 2020.
Kante (MID) also scored for France and Jorginho (MID) converted a spot kick for Italy. Kovacic (MID), who has one Premier League goal in his career over 3 seasons, scored twice for Croatia in a single game.
Elsewhere, Ziyech (MID) continued his superb form with 3 goals for Morocco over two qualifiers. Mendy (GK) and Thiago Silva (DEF) both kept two clean sheets in two goals for Senegal and Brazil respectively.
With Vardy retired and resting back home, Tielemans (MID) was the stand-out International player for Leicester, scoring against England to help Belgium win their Group. Under (MID), who has just appeared in 3 Premier League games so far, scored for his native Turkey.
Cavani (MNU| FWD) scored for Uruguay and his teammate Daniel James (MNU | MID) scored a scorcher for Wales as they won their Nations League group.
More on the AFCON qualifiers, Haller (WHU | FWD) scored on his Ivory Coast debut – he was eligible to play for France but opted for Ivory Coast at the age of 26. Iwobi (EVE | MID) scored twice for Nigeria and Trezeguet (AVL | MID) also scored for Egypt. Anguissa (FUL | MID) scored for Cameroon, who are playing in the qualifiers despite already qualifying as the 2022 AFCON hosts.
Aubameyang (ARS | FWD) did not score, but was embroiled in some controversy as his Gabonese national team was alleged to have been held for hours at a Gambian airport, disrupting their match preparation.
Both Richarlison (EVE | FWD) and Tosun (EVE | FWD) scored for their nations. Richarlison should have been fresh after sitting out three previous league games from suspension.
Their teammate, Rodriguez (EVE | MID) suffered two heavy defeats with Colombia who are suddenly in an uphill task to qualify for the World Cup despite having a highly talented squad. Davinson Sanchez (TOT | DEF) is a member of the Colombian team as well.
Finally, Mitrovic (FUL | FWD) would be feeling down returning to club football as he missed a crucial penalty kick for Serbia in the shootout against Scotland. Serbia did recover in morale somewhat with a 5-0 Nations League win over Russia but Mitrovic did not contribute despite playing 90mins – he earned a yellow card instead.
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