The INTERnational Roundup: 11 Of 12 Nerazzurri Players Featured For Their Nations

The INTERnational Roundup: 11 Of 12 Nerazzurri Players Featured For Their Nations
October 17, 2019 18:00
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No less than 12 Inter first-team players were away on full international duty during the recent international break with all having varying degrees of success whilst away with their respective nations.

The majority of the players found themselves involved in EURO 2020 qualification matches whilst some players nations just played friendly matches.

All barring one player who went away on international duty featured to an extent with most of Inter’s top players playing in one of the two games their nations had scheduled.

Lautaro Martinez – Argentina: Martinez featured in both of Argentina’s games over the break, friendlies with Germany and Ecuador but was unable to add to his goal tally for the Seleccion. He had an average pass success rate of 93.5% over the two games.

Marcelo Brozovic – Croatia: Brozovic featured in the 3-0 EURO 2020 qualifier over Hungary but did not feature in the 1-1 draw with Wales. Inter’s midfield maestro had a 67% success rate when it came to playing passes to the final third.

Stefan de Vrij – Netherlands: de Vrij was an unused substitute in both of the Netherlands matches which they won 3-1 and 2-1 against Northern Ireland and Belarus respectively.

Romelu Lukaku – Belgium: Lukaku featured in one of Belgium’s two EURO 2020 qualifiers and became the all-time top scorer for the Belgian national team as he netted his 50th and 51st goals in a Belgium shirt.

Milan Skriniar – Slovakia: Skriniar played in the EURO 2020 qualifier draw with Wales but played no part in the friendly against Paraguay. He performed very well against Wales winning two defensive duels and three aerial duels and also made four interceptions.

Nicolo Barella – Italy: Barella started in Italy’s 2-0 triumph over Greece and was an unused substitute in the Azzurri’s other qualifer with Liechtenstein. Against Greece he was successful with 93% of his pass attempts.

Cristiano Biraghi – Italy: Biraghi was an unused substitute for Italy’s win over Greece but got a chance to impress in the match with Liechtenstein and that he did as he assisted one of the five goals Italy scored in their demolition of the minnows.

Danilo D’Ambrosio – Italy: D’Ambrosio had a pretty poor night as he featured in Italy’s 2-0 win over Greece in a EURO 2020 qualifier as he failed to win any of his defensive duels and won just one of his five aerial duels. He is one of two Inter players to have sustained an injury whilst away as he sustained a broken toe.

Alexis Sanchez – Chile: Sanchez played in the goalless draw against Colombia and was the other player to sustain an injury as he sustained an injury to his ankle. In the match, he was successful in 50.7% of his dribble attempts.

Diego Godin – Uruguay: Godin featured in one of Uruguay’s two friendlies against fellow South American side Peru and was solid at the back as he succeeded in 100% of his slide tackle attempts and won six of nine defensive duels.

Matias Vecino – Uruguay: Vecino just like Godin above featured in one of the two friendlies and made an impact as he grabbed an assist. On top of this he was successful in 50% of both of his cross and dribble attempts.

Valentino Lazaro – Austria: Despite finding first-team minutes hard to come by this season, Lazaro has not let that affect his performances for the national team. He scored in the 3-1 win over Israel and tallied the assist in the 1-0 win over Slovenia.

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