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Internationals: Nelson scores for England U-21s

Another five players were in action for their respective countries on Friday night. Scroll down to find out how they got on:

Reiss Nelson scored the third and final goal in England Under-21s' win over Albania in Shkoder. Phil Foden opened the scoring from a direct free-kick after just 22 minutes, with Conor Gallagher adding a second before the break. 

Nelson then replaced fellow Hale End graduate Joe Willock on the hour mark and slotted home the Young Lions' final goal from close range. The result takes England to the top of Group 3 on goal difference, with a perfect record after four games. 

Our duo will be hoping to be in action again on Tuesday, in an international friendly against Netherlands at 5.30pm (UK time).

Reiss Nelson

Granit Xhaka played the full 90 minutes of Switzerland's crucial European Championship qualifying win over Georgia. After a goalless first 77 minutes it looked like the hosts would have to settle for a point in St Gallen, but then Cedric Itten struck with just 13 minutes remaining to secure a late victory. 

The three points sees Switzerland leapfrog Republic of Ireland into second place in Group D with just one game to go. But Xhaka and co will fancy their chances, with their group rivals having to face leaders Denmark, while Switzerland travel to winless Gibraltar on Monday at 7.45pm (UK time).

Sead Kolasinac played the entirety of Bosnia & Herzegovina's 3-0 defeat to Italy. Francesco Acerbi, Lorenzo Insigne and Andrea Belotti were all on target in Zenica to end the hosts' hopes of qualification.

Bosnia & Herzegovina's final Group J game takes place on Monday at 7.45pm (UK time), when they travel to Liechtenstein. Italy and Finland have both qualified for the tournament finals in 2020.

Emiliano Martinez was an unused substitute as Argentina beat Brazil in Riyadh. Lionel Messi scored after just 13 minutes to claim bragging rights in Saudi Arabia. 

Argentina are next in action when they face Uruguay in Tel Aviv at 7.15pm (UK time) on Monday.

Lucas Torreira will be hoping to feature for the Celeste after playing his part in his country's win over Hungary in Budapest. Our midfielder played the final 22 minutes as goals from Edinson Cavani and Brian Rodriguez were enough to win the friendly in the Hungarian capital. 

Another two of our players could be in action on Saturday. Nicolas Pepe's Ivory Coast face Niger at 7pm, before Bernd Leno's Germany host Belarus at 7.45pm (both times UK).

 

 

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