Though the Saturday without football has now passed and the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, there was still the second round of international fixtures to be played.
Here’s how Leeds’ international contingent fared:
Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton both started for England U20s tonight. Shackleton played the first 75 minutes for the Young Lions. Clarke, on the other hand, nodded in a last-gasp winner for his country, which can be seen here. Both are working their way into being mainstays of the England youth setup.
Eddie Nketiah played for the age above his team mates, England U21s. He played 76 minutes before being substituted. A start for England U21s is a very positive achievement.
Stuart Dallas was emphatic for Northern Ireland tonight but ultimately powerless as they slid to a 2-0 loss to Germany. Playing at full-back but covering the entire wing, Dallas was relentless in his pressing thoroughly carrying his early season form onto the international stage.
Liam Cooper had another tricky night for Scotland. Though he picked up his 2nd cap, Scotland’s problems went from bad to worse as they were thumped by a very good Belgium side 4 to the good at home. It must be said Scotland’s problems are far bigger than what Cooper could feasibly solve.
Ezgjan Alioski played the full game as North Macedonia saw off Latvia 2-0. Gjanni played a left-back for his country.
Mateusz Klich was subbed on in the 77th minute for Poland though couldn’t prove to be the difference as his country ran out a 0-0 draw with Austria. Klich’s country remain well placed to qualify for the Euros however, sitting top of group G.