ROUNDUP: Manchester United’s England stars get bronze, Pogba’s France suffer shock loss!


Five of Manchester United’s best-known players featured for their national team over the past five days – there were some important victories and surprise defeats. Here is your latest international roundup.

England duo Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford had a chance of winning England’s first piece of major silverware since 1966, when they took part in the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals last week. They came up against the Netherlands in the semifinals and unfortunately fell at the first hurdle.

Marcus Rashford won the Three Lions a penalty after nabbing the ball of Ajax centre half Matthijs de Ligt. He then took it and scored to give Gareth Southgate’s men a 1-0 half time lead. The Netherlands came out the second half the stronger side and deservingly got back into the game, De Ligt redeeming himself with a powerful header.

Lingard celebrates disallowed VAR goal during the UEFA Nations League Semi-Final vs Holland.
Lingard celebrates disallowed VAR goal during the UEFA Nations League Semi-Final vs Holland. /

Jesse Lingard entered proceedings and made an instant impact. His energy was just what England needed after being dealt a sucker punch with the equaliser. Lingard thought he had scored a dramatic winner when a lovely flowing counter-attack culminated in the ball being slotted through to him one-on-one. Lingard finished coolly, wheeling away in celebration only to find out that his toe was offside.

All of the England players and fans seemed to go flat afterwards and Ronald Koeman’s side took full advantage. Into extra-time two England mistakes gifted the ‘Oranje’ army with a 3-1 win and a place in the final against Portugal.

This subsequently meant England had to endure the third-place play-off against Switzerland. Rashford sat it out due to an injury he picked up against the Dutch, whereas Lingard played from the start.

Despite playing a lot better than in the semifinal and creating numerous opportunities, England couldn’t find a way past the Swiss defence. They were denied by the frame of the goal four times but the match ended 0-0 and went to penalties.

Everton’s Jordan Pickford was the hero, scoring, YES scoring one and saving one in a 6-5 victory. This meant the Three Lions claimed their best finish at a competitive tournament since winning the World Cup in 1966.

David De Gea of Spain looks on prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group F match vs Sweden.
David De Gea of Spain looks on prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group F match vs Sweden. /

On Friday night, neither Alexis Sanchez or David de Gea featured for their respective nations. Sanchez’ Chile beat Haiti 2-1 without him, whilst De Gea was an unused substitute in a 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands.

Belgium ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Kazakhstan on Saturday in their quest for Euro 2020 qualification. And yes, of course, you guessed it, Romelu Lukaku scored.

The Red Devils look as though they will be the team to finish top of Group I, however, not without a fight from Scott McTominay and his teammates. Scotland secured a crucial 2-1 win against Cyprus in what was Steve Clarke’s first match as head coach, with McTominay coming off the bench in the 79th minute.

Meanwhile, France suffered a reality check losing 2-0 to Turkey in Group H. Paul Pogba started along with a whole host of superstar names, including, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Raphael Varane. The loss sees them drop below Turkey in the table to second.

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And finally, De Gea’s Spain were once again in action tonight in what was their last match before the players head off for their summer break. Like on Friday, they won and without the services of United’s key shot-stopper.