It was another mixed evening for Arsenal players on international duty yesterday. How did they fare?
Aaron Ramsey (Wales)
In Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Serbia, Ramsey broke the deadlock in the 35th minute with a Panenka from the penalty spot after Sam Vokes was pulled inside the area.
It wasn’t enough for last year’s Euro semi-finalists to prevail against Serbia during their World Cup Group D qualifier as Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised in composed fashion after taking advantage of poor defending around Wales’ half.
Ramsey could’ve helped restore the lead with ten minutes to go, having been released with a probing pass in-behind Serbia’s backline. However his shot was blocked at the near post by onrushing goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.
The result leaves Wales four points off Ireland and Serbia in third-place, having only won one of their six qualifiers to date.
Nacho Monreal (Spain)
Spain extended their winning run to five in qualifying with a narrow 2-1 win over Macedonia in the weekend’s World Cup qualifier.
However, the 31-year-old didn’t feature and was an unused substitute with manager Julen Lopetegui preferring to start Barcelona’s Jordi Alba instead.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (England u20s)
It was disappointing not to see the youngster start, though Maitland-Niles did play his part as England u20s won the World Cup with a nervy 1-0 win over Venezuela.
Coming on as a second-half substitute to replace Ademola Lookman in a defensive-minded change, his presence was important to help solidify England’s win.
He made a number of ball recoveries and important interceptions as Venezuela edged closer towards an equaliser with time ticking away.