It was not all bad news for the Arsenal players on international duty last night, as our young defender Calum Chambers, who has gone to Middlesborough on loan, started and completed the match for Gareth Southgate’s England under 21s in which they hammered Norway by 6-1, three of them coming from Man United’s Marcus Rashford.
Olivier Giroud appears to be continuing his excellent goalscoring run that started with him scoring four goals in Arsenal’s last two matches last season. He added another three (plus two assist) in France’s run to the Final of Euro2016, and after his extended summer break he has returned with another excellent opportunists strike in an international against Italy last night, which Les Bleus won 3-1.
What a time to be alive! By Galen Sona.
It is not just the Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin who will be left at home scratching his head for the next two weeks, as his fellow Spaniard and Arsenal team mate Santi Cazorla has also been left out of the Spain national squad for the first international break of the new season.
Petr Cech has confirmed that he is retiring from international football, and will concentrate on preserving his club career.
The goalkeeper failed in trying to help his side to qualify from the group stages at the current European Championships, but was in one of the toughest groups of the tournament, and will take no shame from his international career.
The Arsenal star was given the Golden Ball for being the best player at the tournament, while his striker partner Eduardo Vargas earned the Golden Boot with six goals, and the Chile keeper Claudio Bravo deserved the Golden Glove after keeping three clean sheets.
Nigeria have named a provisional 35-man squad for the Olympics this summer, and have included the likes of Alex Iwobi, Jon Obi Mikel and Kelechi Iheanacho.
The competition is set to run between August 4 and August 20, meaning any Premier League players inclusion would mean they miss much of pre-season in preparation for the tournament, as well as the opening weeks of the campaign should his side reach the latter stages.
Chile reached the knockout stages of the Copa America last night, with the help of two Alexis Sanchez goals.
La Roja went into the match level on points with Panama in second place in the group, but knowing that a draw would see them through on goal difference.