The International week is a week of rest for devoted FPL managers but the same does not apply for a huge number of Premier League players who were called up by their respective national teams and played two games over this period.
By all standards, this had been a quiet international break. European teams played Euro 2020 qualifiers and Asia kicked off their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign but there were little action elsewhere. North and South American teams engaged one another in some meaningless friendlies while top African nations forgo calling up their players at all (given that the African Cup of Nations ended less than 2 months ago).
We take a look around how the FPL players had fared in the internationals.
- Raheem Sterling (MCI / ENG) – 2 Goals | 4 Assists
The Manchester City forward reaped all the praises over the international week with a masterclass performance against Kosovo. He tallied 2 goals and 4 assists over 180 minutes and is definitely one of the most on-form players in world football right now. The 24 year-old already has 53 caps now and look set to rake up a century of caps in due course. England now look set to qualify easily for Euro 2020 and Sterling will return to FPL duties ever confident.
- Harry Kane (TOT / ENG) – 4 Goals | 1 Assist
Kane enjoyed two good games for England as well, scoring a hattrick against Bulgaria. He is also a forward on form and has a total of 7 goals for club and country already so far. His 26 goals for England puts him at 13th all time and some corners are already suggesting that Rooney’s record of 53 goals is within reach.
- Gini Wijanldum (LIV / NED) – 2 Goals | 1 Assist
Netherlands won two very crucial qualifiers, including securing a memorable away win in Germany (their first win there since 2002), and Wijnaldum was a key player for the Dutch. The midfielder found the net twice and provided one assist as the Dutch revival continued after missing out on the 2018 World Cup. Gini has proven to be a key player for both club and country. The only gripe for FPL managers is perhaps the low goal/assist ration Gini has in the Premier League.
- Teemu Pukki (NOR / FIN) – 2 Goals
The Finn cannot stop making headlines! Pukki has now found the net 7 times since the season started and he scored a goal each game he has played for Finland over the internationals. Finland did beat Greece but eventually lost out to Italy but are nonetheless in good position to qualify for their first ever major tournament. Pukki now takes his incredible tally to 42 goals for club and country since the start of the 2018/19 season – a tally better even than Cristiano Ronaldo!
- Kevin de Bruyne (MCI / BEL) – 1 Goal 3 Assists
The Belgian was on sensational form against Scotland – he provided a quickfire hattrick of assists in the first half before scoring himself in the second. Belgium maintains their 100% record in qualifying and justified their current number 1 spot in the FIFA World Rankings. De Bruyne takes his tally of assists to 8 this season, a stunning figure, given that he had just 2 assists for the whole of last season.
The below list of FPL players managed at least a goal for their nations over the past week. We only take into account qualifiers, friendlies are not included.
- Oleksandr Zinchenko (MCI / UKR)
- Bernando Silva (MCI / POR)
- Christian Eriksen (TOT / DEN)
- Fabian Schar (NEW / SUI)
- Dejan Lovren (LIV / CRO)
- Victor Lindelof (MNU / DEN)
- Josh King (BOU / NOR)
- Florian Andone (BHA / ROM)
- Olivier Giroud (CHE / FRA)
- Michy Batshuayi (CHE / BEL)
- Jorginho (CHE / ITA)
- Gyfli Sigurdsson (EVE / ICE)
- Cenk Tosun (EVE / TUR)
- Adrian Mooy (BHA / AUS)