Internationals: Tierney stars as Scots stun Spain

Kieran Tierney celebrates Scotland's win over Spain

Kieran Tierney played his part in helping Scotland record a famous win over Spain at Hampden Park to get their Euro 2024 qualification campaign off a dream start.

Our left-back helped his side to a 2-0 victory thanks to a Scott McTominay brace to back up their 3-0 success against Cyprus, and see them top their group with a 100 per cent record.

After the Manchester United midfielder had put Steve Clarke’s team in front after just seven minutes, early in the second 45 Kieran picked up possession deep inside his own half, and burst forward 70 yards to the edge of Spain’s box. His cross was then deflected into McTominay’s path to half-volley home and send Hampden rocking.

Our man was withdrawn in the 76th minute to a rapturous roar from the home crowd, having played a major role in one of his nation’s most impressive victories in years.

In the same group, Martin Odegaard’s Norway picked up their first point in a 1-1 draw in Georgia. Our skipper once again donned the armband for his nation who took the lead through Alexander Sorloth, but Georges Mikautadze grabbed an equaliser midway through the second half to deny Martin a win.

Granit Xhaka’s Switzerland also made it two wins from two as they cruised to a 3-0 success against Israel. 

Granit captained his side and played the full 90 minutes in Geneva, where Ruben Vargas put the home team 1-0 ahead at half-time and Zeki Amdouni and Silvan Widmer added two further goals to compete an impressive few days for the Swiss, who had beaten Belarus 5-1 earlier in the international window.

Leandro Trossard in action for Belgium against Germany

In friendly action, Leandro Trossard once again registered an assist as he came off the bench to create what proved to be the winner for Belgium in their friendly against Germany.

Leandro entered the fray on 58 minutes with the score at 2-1, and 20 minutes later he teed up Kevin de Bruyne to put the visitors in control of proceedings, and despite former Gunner Serge Gnabry netting late on, Belgium held on for victory.

Despite scoring for England under-21s in their 4-0 win against France last weekend, Emile Smith Rowe was named on the bench for his side’s 2-1 defeat to Croatia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage after boss Lee Carsley changed all 10 outfield players.

Emile was introduced on 62 minutes with his side trailing by two goals, but despite Morgan Gibbs-White pulling one back from the penalty spot with three minutes remaining, the Young Lions fell to defeat in their final warm-up game before this summer’s European Championships.

Also preparing for the tournament are Portugal, who beat Norway 3-0 in friendly action with Fabio Vieira playing the first half of the contest in Povoa de Varzim.

Amario Cozier-Duberry scored his first goal for England under-19s in their 2-0 win against Turkey, but the win wasn’t enough to secure the Young Lions’ place in the U19s European Championships this summer.

Having been handed a starting spot alongside Reuell Walters, two minutes after the break he turned inside the area before drilling into the net, and then provided an assist by whipping in a corner for George Hall to head home. However, Iceland’s victory over Hungary saw them top the group and deny our pair the chance to reach the finals.

However, two players who could be busy this summer are Ethan Nwaneri and Myles Lewis-Skelly who helped England’s under-17s reach the finals in Hungary.

While England fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands in their final group game in Katwijk, they had already secured their spot in the finals. Having netted a brace in each of the previous two games, Ethan played the final half an hour, with Myles coming off in the 81st minute.

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