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International round-up: Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku score, Andreas Pereira makes Brazil debut

by Leo Nieboer

Romelu Lukaku

Having started the campaign with only one goal from three games, receiving criticism for missed chances against Brighton and Tottenham, Lukaku now has five goals from his last three games.

He found the net against Scotland over the weekend and was fundamental for Belgium in their 3-0 win in Iceland, winning a penalty which Eden Hazard scored from before adding two of his own – a close range finish and a clever flick nine minutes from time.

19 goas in 17 appearances for his country. Belgium has never had a striker like him.

Jesse Lingard

Left on the bench as Gareth Southgate made a number of changes against Switzerland but his entry into the action on the hour mark coincided with England’s best period of the game, with Rashford scoring just three minutes later.

Enjoyed more of the ball than against Spain and tested Switzerland’s defensive line with some direct running through the middle.

Marcus Rashford

Nobody should ever doubt the youngster’s goalscoring potential. Rashford has struggled for joy in front of goal at Old Trafford but heads back to Carrington this week with consecutive England goals under his belt.

The 20-year-old cleverly peeled off his marker at the back post and met Kyle Walker’s cross with a cool, guided half-volley to hand England the lead, capping off a performance filled with vitality and purpose attacking through the middle.

Andreas Pereira

The sight of Brazil beating Honduras 5-0 in a friendly will not turn many heads but for Pereira, having dazzled in pre-season for Manchester United, it was a day he will never, ever forget.

It is the dream of millions upon millions of talented youngsters to pull on the famous Brazil shirt. Competition for places in the senior side is probably as intense and difficult as anywhere else in team sport.

And Pereira, aged 23, made his deserved international bow 20 minutes from time, coming on to play in midfield during what was a routine win.

Paul Pogba

Pogba antics off the pitch continue to dominate the focus of Man United supporters, with some going full Graeme Souness in response to his dancing, but on the pitch the Frenchman produced an efficient midfield display during a 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

No player on the pitch released the ball quicker, with Pogba moving play forward in his usually fluid, composed way. Supporters will want to see the same at Vicarage Road.

Nemanja Matic

The 31-year-old had started against Lithuania over the weekend and was therefore rested for Serbia’s 2-2 draw with Romania in Belgrade, coming on for the last 20 minutes.

Eric Bailly

Received some much needed game time for the Ivory Coast, who beat Rwanda 2-1, having lost his place in the starting XI following his horror show in the defeat at Brighton.

David de Gea

The scoreline wouldn’t suggest it but De Gea, who was magnificent against England, had to deal with some early pressure from Croata, making a couple of smart stops before a rampant Spain went on to win 6-0.

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