Leicester City had as always a number of players on international duty as their nations had different fixtures of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies played.Embed from Getty Images
Firstly congratulations to Nampalys Mendy getting his Senegal debut on the 26th of March, a 0-0 draw on the day, this was completed with a new cap against Eswatini, ending 1-1. Mendy had previously played for France at U.21 level, five times, but to get internationals at full level this was his debut at the age of 28.
England played three World Cup qualifiers, winning them all, impressively defeating San Marino, Albania and Poland and picking a full pot of 9 points. No current Leicester City players in the squad with James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and James Justin all out of the picture with injuries, but to see Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire, Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane all contributing makes it a bit special anyway.Embed from Getty Images
Caglar Soyuncu got a perfect start to his World Cup qualifiers with Turkey, winning against Holland (4-2) and Norway (3-0), scoring a goal with a perfect header in the 3-0 win. Being held to a 3-3 draw against Latvia might not have been part of the plan, as well as picking up a yellow card. Soyuncu played with Liverpool’s Kabak in two of those games, letting in a total of five goals in those games, against Norway he was in partnership with Sassuolo defender Kaan Ayhan.
Impressive performances from Denmark who had Kasper Schmeichel in goal as they looks almost certain to reach the 2022 World Cup, with three straight wins against Israel (2-0), Austria (4-0) and Moldova (8-0) and Kasper keeping clean sheets, just very impressive, great watch.
A special meeting between Wales and Belgium were four Leicester City players were in action, Belgium the superior team winning the game 3-1 with Tielemans in the team from start, Castagne coming on and Dennis Praet in this game an unused sub, Danny Ward was in goal for Wales. Ward was in the winning side when Wales defeated Czech Republic later in the week. Tom Lawrence featured for Wales and part of the squad.Embed from Getty Images
Praet scored and started in the 8-0 trashing of Belarus, and then being subbed with Youri Tielemans who got a few minutes in the end. Castagne and Tielemans started in the draw v. Czech Republic, with Praet not reaching the field in that one.
Jonny Evans was in action for N Ireland, playing in the two World Cup qualifiers against Italy, defeat 2-0, Bulgaria, draw 0-0. N Ireland also played a friendly against USA, but Evans didn’t appear in the 2-1 defeat at home.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Nididi were both in action for Nigeria, as the Leicester City duo appeared in two wins against Lesotho (3-0) and Benin (1-0).
Wesley Fofana was also out on duty representing France U.21 in three games, winning against Iceland (2-0) and Russia (2-0), defeat v. Denmark (0-1).
Rachid Ghezzal scored the opener for Algeria, Islam Slimani scoring the other two in that 3-3 draw v. Zambia. Riyad Mahrez played alongside the other to “desert foxes” and scored in the 5-0 trashing of Botswana, a game Ghezzal missed. Ghezzal, still under contract at Leicester City, is at the moment out on loan at Besiktas in Turkey.