Summer Briefing: How did our players perform on international duty?

Marcus Rashford came on as a substitute in England’s 1-0 win over Croatia, helping the Three Lions to an impressive win over Croatia at Euro 2020. It’s the first time England have ever won their opening game at the Euros, and Marcus received a wonderful ovation when he replaced Phil Foden in the 71st minute.Luke Shaw and Dean Henderson were unused substitutes in the win, while Harry Maguire is still battling to recover from the ankle injury that ended his United season.

On Saturday, Daniel James was arguably Wales’ outstanding performer in a gritty 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The Dragons were up against it when Breel Embolo gave the opposition the lead just after half-time, but Kieffer Moore headed Wales level with just over 15 minutes to go. James was involved in the build-up to the goal, and was central to many of Wales’s best moments in the game. He was taken off on 75 minutes – with manager Rob Page later citing the controversial decision as being related to the high heat in Baku and James’s superb work-rate while on the field. Dylan Levitt was an unused substitute during the game.

Also on Saturday, Eric Bailly and Amad took part in Ivory Coast’s goalless draw with Ghana. The defender played every minute of the friendly in Cape Coast, Ghana, while Amad came on in the 59th minute for a lively cameo.


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