International Round-Up

Wednesday 16 October 2019 11:00

Tim Ream was given the captain’s armband for the United States on Tuesday, but he couldn’t prevent defeat by Canada.

The USMNT were beaten 2-0 by the CONCACAF Nations League Group A leaders, who have had a 100 per cent start to their campaign.

Ream played the full 90 minutes in Toronto, and was wearing the armband for the fourth time in his international career.

Stefan Johansen also led his side out, but only played the first 45 minutes of Norway’s 1-1 European Championship Qualifier in Romania.

After a missed penalty from Reading’s George Puscas, the hosts went in front shortly after the hour mark, but Norway left with a point courtesy of a late equaliser from Johansen’s replacement; forward Alexander Sorloth.

Steven Sessegnon came on for the final half an hour of England Under-21s’ comprehensive European Championship Qualifying win over Austria.

An Eddie Nketiah hat-trick – Sessegnon played a key role in his third – and brace from Callum Hudson-Odoi secured a 5-1 victory for the Young Lions in Milton Keynes.

A day earlier, Aleksandar Mitrović surpassed 30 goals for Serbia with a brace in their qualifying win over Lithuania.

Both came early in the second half following good work down the right from Adem Ljajic. First he volleyed home a dinked cross from the Besiktas winger, before sliding in a teasing ball across the face.

That takes his record to six goals in his last four outings for club and country.

Serbia now sit a point behind second placed Portugal in Group B with two games still to play. They are, though, guaranteed at least a Play-Off place after winning their Nations League Group.

On Sunday, Neeskens Kebano was a half-time substitute in Congo’s 3-1 friendly defeat by the Ivory Coast.

Kebano replaced former Fulham loanee Gael Kakuta at the interval, but his side slipped to a loss with familiar faces Wilfried Zaha and Nicolas Pepe among the scorers for the Elephants.

This week also saw Tyrese Francois make his international debut for Australia – the country of his birth – but the Under-23s were beaten 2-1 by Iran in Qatar.

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