Wondering who had a fantastic international break? Look no further than the International Break Review. All countries played twice this international break meaning the points will be the equivalent of two gameweek’s merged. The players who played well for their country but didn’t quite make the cut include; Harry Kane (2 goals, 1 assist), Ben Woodburn (1 goal, 1 assist) and Marcus Rashford (1 goal, 2 assists).
Below we have the best starting XI out of the Premier League players out on international duty, based on the Fantasy Premier League scoring.
Wayne Hennessey (WAL) – 13 points – In the Premier League, Hennessey has struggled and not kept a clean sheet, but with his country Wales he kept two in two games. Other goalkeepers did also make two clean sheets, however Hennessey also bagged a point for his saves against Austria. He also faced Moldova, in two wins for Wales which has meant they have leapfrogged Republic of Ireland for 2nd place in Group D.
Andrew Robertson (SCO) – 18 points – In the Premier League, Robertson has featured once which was against Crystal Palace, where he scored a respectable 9 points. He continued this good run of form with two clean sheets for his country, against Lithuania and Malta, to help keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive. In the game at Lithuania the left back scored a delightful curling effort, to extend their one goal lead. They’d eventually go on to win the fixture 3-0.
Jonny Evans (NIR) – 18 points – Evans is still yet to feature in the Premier League this season due to injury, but for his country he has excelled in the International break. Evans and Northern Ireland first faced up against the whipping boys of the league, San Marino. They didn’t fail to deliver as they grabbed three. Czech Republic were next at the Aviva Stadium, which would see them grab a guaranteed play off place with an Evans goal on the half an hour mark, in a 2-0 win. He was booked late on which has caused him to get one less point than Robertson.
Victor Moses (NIG) – 17 points – Moses has played in Chelsea’s previous two fixtures in the Premier League and has recaptured last season’s form with his country. The Nigerian is the only African to feature in the International Dream Team, for his performances in their World Cup qualification games. For Nigeria, Moses plays as a winger which gave him a great opportunity to score and assist goals. He did so in their first game against Cameroon, claiming a goal and setting up former Watford forward Ighalo. In his second match at Cameroon, Moses failed to keep a clean sheet or get any attacking returns.
Christian Eriksen (DEN) – 27 points – The Dane has had a very decent start to this Premier League campaign, racking up 22 points in the first three games. He more than matched this figure in his two games with Denmark, with an impressive 27 points, making him the star man. Firstly, Denmark faced up against Poland, who going into the match were top of Group E. However, 3 assists from Eriksen within an hour and a goal for himself near the end, secured an emphatic 4-0 win over the Poles. Next up was Armenia, and they produced another great performance with a 4-1 victory. The Spurs playmaker grabbed a goal and an assist in the process.
Mesut Özil (GER) – 13 points – The German hasn’t had the greatest of starts to the season to say the least. Has has featured in every minute of Arsenal’s season thus far, but has failed to register a goal or an assist. In contrast, for his country he has showed the class that we know he possesses, but can’t quite display it in England’s top flight. The Germans played Czech Republic first and Özil claimed an assist in a 2-1 victory. They then faced the Norwegians, who needed to win to stand any chance of World Cup qualification. Germany showed no mercy and won 6-0 with the Arsenal man scoring and setting up a goal.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (ICE) – 14 points – Due to a hectic pre season, Sigurdsson hasn’t yet continued his form that he had with Swansea at his new club Everton. However he has had a more than satisfactory international break with Iceland, who are looking to make the World Cup this summer.
It didn’t start too well with Iceland being defeated by Finland who had their hopeful World Cup killed months ago. They eventually turned it around against Ukraine where Sigurdsson claimed a brace which has opened up the group completely, with Iceland now level on points with table toppers Croatia.
Steven Davis (NIR) – 14 points – The Southampton midfielder is the second Northern Ireland international on the list, joining the above mentioned Jonny Evans. In the Premier League, Davis has notched up 11 points in his 3 starts for the Saints. He bagged the majority of his points in Northern Ireland’s 3-0 victory against San Marino. Davis set up talisman striker Josh Magennis before slotting home a penalty to seal the win. In the game against the Czech’s, he failed to make an impact attacking wise, but grabbed his point for the clean sheet.
Alvaro Morata (ESP) – 21 points – The Chelsea striker has had a fantastic start to his Chelsea career. He has scored 24 FPL points already this season, which includes 2 goals and 2 assists. He continued this great run of form with Spain in the International break. Italy, were Spain’s opponents, and it looked like it would be a very tight affair, but Isco put the Spaniards 2-0 before half time with a brace. Then, Morata came on and within 5 minutes scored to seal the victory for Spain. They then played Liechtenstein and it was one sided to say the least. Spain slaughtered them 8-0 with Morata scoring twice and setting up another 2.
Romelu Lukaku (BEL) – 20 points – Lukaku is another striker who has started off quickly this season in the Premier League, with 3 goals in 3 games after switching to Man United this summer. The Belgian was involved in the biggest scoreline of the International break, with a 9-0 win against Gibraltar. Lukaku bagged a hat-trick in the match which was sealed with a penalty late on. Then came a crucial match versus Greece, if they won they would have become the first European club to qualify for the World Cup, and they did. The Man United forward powered home a header to confirm Belgium’s place in Russia next summer.
Chris Wood (NZL) – 17 points – The Kiwi had a perfect start to his Premier League career with Burnley, scoring a last gasp equaliser at Wembley. He doesn’t look like he will stop scoring any time soon as he bagged a very well took hat-trick for New Zealand against the Solomon Islands. This was the first leg in a World Cup qualifier, which New Zealand would go on to win 6-1, with Wood also grabbing an assist. In the second leg Wood didn’t even feature on the substitutes bench, after being sent back to Burnley to rest.
Written by Harry Clark (@HarryClark67)