Leeds United captain Liam Cooper finally made his international debut for Scotland as they lost 2-1 at home to Russia. From the looks of it, this wasn’t Cooper’s finest outing but he was up against the imposing presence of Artem Dzyuba, who is a handful for any defender on the planet with his size and strength.
@LiamCooper__ vs Russia ⚽ #LUFC— FocusOnLeeds (@FocusOnLeeds) September 6, 2019
2 Blocked shots
2 Aerial duels won
2 Ground duels won
87.5% Pass accuracy
Congratulations Skipper on your debut, sadly the result didn't go Scotland's way. pic.twitter.com/P3GF6EC1AG
Eddie Nketiah scored a brace for England U21s as they picked up a 3-2 win over Turkey U21s in Istanbul. Nketiah opened the scoring after 4 minutes, but England found themselves 2-1 down with 15 minutes to go. England scored twice in 2 minutes through a second goal from Nketiah and a Reiss Nelson winner, a good day for Arsenal as well as for Leeds.
Alfie McCalmont saw more minutes as Northern Ireland took a leaf out of Marcelo Bielsa’s book by playing a player twice in two days. McCalmont started for Northern Ireland U21s in their 0-0 draw against Malta U21s.
Promising youngster Nohan Kenneh started for England U17s in their 5-0 win over Finland in the Syrenka Cup in Poland.
#ENGU17 kicked off the Syrenka Cup in Poland with a 5-0 win over Finland this afternoon. Louie Barry (Barcelona) scored twice, while Xavier Simons (Chelsea), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich) and Jude Bellingham (Birmingham) also netted. pic.twitter.com/Cn6O9CDyB4— youthhawk (@youthhawk) September 6, 2019
Elsewhere, Niall Huggins was an unused substitute for Wales U21s against as they claimed an impressive 1-0 win over Belgium U21s. Promising attacking midfielder Mateusz Bogusz also didn’t get off the bench as Poland U21s beat Latvia U21s 1-0.