International round-up: Romelu Lukaku makes statement, Eric Bailly scores first Ivory Coast goal

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Pogba

Struggled to have an influence in a drab friendly against Iceland which lacked speed until, at 2-0 down, he was withdrawn for Kylian Mbappe, who duly drew France level. More will be expected of him against Germany.

Victor Lindelof

Claimed a solid clean sheet against Russia in Kaliningrad alongside supposed Jose Mourinho target Andreas Granqvist.

David de Gea

Watched from the other end as his Spain teammates plundered three first half goals against Wales before coming off at half time.

Sergio Romero

A very similar story to De Gea, playing the role of bystander during the first half of Argentina’s 4-0 win over Iraq.


Played the first half of a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Riyadh and, against a well organised defence, moved the ball around nicely. A good run out.

Romelu Lukaku

Responded to his critics by putting on a classic striker’s performance in a 2-1 win over Switzerland, smartly popping up in the box to claim a much-needed brace.

Marcus Rashford

Received another start from Southgate for the closed-doors game against Croatia. Link-up play and energy was good but he will be disappointed to have spurned two big chances.

Eric Bailly

Bailly may be having a tough time at Old Trafford but his time away with Ivory Coast has been all smiles so far, with the defender scoring his first ever international goal against Central African Republic.

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