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🌎 Pușcaș scores in Romania win; youngsters involved for England

Royals involved throughout last few days for their nations

16 October 2019

There has been plenty of Royal involvement throughout the international break, and now the squad will reform ahead of the return of league action this weekend - here's how our players got on.

George Pușcaș got himself on the scoresheet for Romania as they overcame the Faroe Islands in a comfortable 3-0 win, and kept their Euro 2020 qualification hopes alive on Saturday.

The Reading striker also started in their following qualifier on Tuesday night, but they missed the chance to leapfrog Sweden as a 92nd-minute equaliser from Norway meant it was one point rather than three for Pușcaș and his teammates on the international stage. They'll face off against Sweden in November, in a crucial clash that could decide Romania's qualification fate.

Yakou Méïté came off the bench over the weekend to earn his second senior cap for the Ivory Coast, as they beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 3-1 in Amiens.

The Royals attacker was introduced in the 87th minute as goals from Wilfried Kanon, Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pépé and Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha earned the win on the day for Les Éléphants.

Matt Miazga was involved for the USA over the weekend, starting for his national side and playing the full 90 minutes as they earned a comprehensive 7-0 win over Cuba in the CONCACAF Nations League.

Miazga was an unused substitute overnight on Tuesday, though, as the Americans were left on the wrong side of a 2-0 reverse against Canada.

Danny Loader has continued to gain minutes for England's Under-20s, coming off the bench to feature in the second half as they took on the Czech Republic in Peterborough on Monday night.

Unfortunately for Loader and England, they came away with a 3-0 defeat on the night at London Road, but they were valuable minutes for our young striker at international level.

Omar Richards made his international debut over the weekend, as he was introduced for the last half-hour with England's Under-21s against Austria.


The full-back had never played international minutes at any level before, and it was an unfortunate end for the Young Lions as Austria struck late to peg England back to a 2-2 draw on Friday.

Richards watched on among the substitutes on Tuesday night as the U21s were in action at MK Dons, coming away with a comprehensive 5-0 win against Austria - courtesy of a hat-trick from Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah (on loan at Leeds), and a brace from highly-rated Chelsea youngster, Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Wales' record cap holder, Chris Gunter was among the subs as Ryan Giggs' men earned a hard-fought draw against World Cup finalists, Croatia on Sunday night.


A fiery affair in Cardiff saw the visitors take the lead early on through Nikola Vlasic, but Gareth Bale was on hand to square proceedings late in first-half added time to earn Wales a point on the night.

After keeping a clean sheet in a win for Iceland U19s towards the end of last week, Jökull Andrésson was on the bench for his national side as they came away with a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Sweden.

Tom McIntyre was also an unused substitute in two matches for Scotland's Under-21s over the international break - a pair of goalless draws against Lithuania and the Czech Republic in the process.

From our Academy, Jeriel Dorsett and Dejan Tetek both started for England Under-18s in an impressive 5-2 win over Poland's Under-19s on Friday evening.

Dorsett started in the heart of defence on the night, while Tetek scored England's second goal on the night as they fought for victory.

Tetek came off the bench late on in their following match against Slovakia's Under-19s, and the pair round off their international break with a match against Austria on Wednesday.

Finally, young goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke started a match for England U17s in their most recent internationals.

The first-year Scholar went between the posts in a 2-1 defeat against Germany in Spain over the weekend, before remaining on the bench in the U17s' 1-1 draw against hosts Spain on Tuesday.

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