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International Break Roundup: November 12 - 16

With so many of the Premier League's stars in action over the International Break, it's a good time to take a look at the action to see who is in form, who is fresh for action in Week 12, and who picked up the dreaded International injuries.

Lord Welbeck notched twice for England this weekend. Can he get back to goalscoring ways for Arsenal?
Lord Welbeck notched twice for England this weekend. Can he get back to goalscoring ways for Arsenal?
Bryn Lennon

There were dozens of national teams in action over the past couple days, so please forgive me if I've missed any of the Premier League players who were in action for their country over the break. For the sake of brevity, I'll try to narrow it down to goals and injuries, primarily. Here are the fixtures with significant news for players who may make your fantasy team in Week 12:

Wednesday, November 12

Mexico 3 - 2 Netherlands

Tim Krul was in net for Holland's friendly loss to Mexico, behind a defense that included Ron Vlaar. Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind scored a goal before being withdrawn in the second half, though he didn't fare so well in his country's second match of the break (see below). Leroy Fer came on as a second-half substitute.

Brazil 4 - 0 Turkey

Chelsea trio Filipe Luis, Oscar and Willian each started, along with Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, who provided an assist for the first of Neymar's two goals. Willian assisted on the other goal, and also got on the scoresheet himself. Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho came off the bench as a second-half sub.

Argentina 2 - 1 Croatia

There was a bevy of Premier League talent on display for the Argentines, who started Pablo Zabaleta, Santiago Vergini, Federico Fazio, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero. Erik Lamela joined off the bench as well. None of the aforementioned group were able to score, though Aguero's arm was the source of a deflection that found its way into the net.

Belgium 3 - 1 Iceland

Nearly the entire starting 11 for Belgium play their club football in England, which is a strong signal of the strength of the national side heading into Euro 2016. It was the subs who made the difference, though, with Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool loanee Divock Origi coming off the bench to score. Gylfi Sigurdsson was an unused substitute for Iceland.

France 1 - 1 Albania

Hugo Lloris joined Newcastle duo Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko in the starting lineup for the French team. Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin came off the bench, but picked up a groin injury that has ruled him out against Sweden midweek. He'll have to be monitored to see if he is ready to return to the action at the weekend.

Chile 5 - 0 Venezuela

Alexis Sanchez continued his incredible goalscoring run with the opener against Venezuela, though Eduardo Vargas was not to be outdone and added a goal as well. His QPR teammate Mauricio Isla also took part, but only managed to pick up a yellow card.

Friday, November 14

Colombia 2 - 1 United States

Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez helped Colombia come from behind to claim a victory over club teammate Brad Guzan's USA side on November 14. Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore scored from the penalty spot, and may have a part to play for the Black Cats in Week 12 (see below).

Scotland 1 - 0 Ireland

The Scots earned a crucial victory in their Euro 2016 qualifier against bitter rivals Ireland. Stephen Fletcher picked up an injury that will keep him out of action in midweek and may rule him out of action for Sunderland this weekend. None of the other Premier League players who took part contributed much, nor did they pick up any injuries.

Saturday, November 15

England 3 - 1 Slovenia

Jordan Henderson managed to score at the wrong end to get the Euro Qualifying match truly underway in the second half. Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot a minute later before Danny Welbeck notched twice to seal the victory. Leighton Baines missed out injured and may not be available for a few weeks, though Bryan Oviedo has been nearing fitness and could be fit just in time for Everton.

Montenegro 1 - 1 Sweden

Stevan Jovetic scored from the penalty spot to earn Montenegro a point in their qualification campaign for Euro 2016. With Edin Dzeko suffering a serious injury for Bosnia, Jovetic may see a return to the starting lineup for Manchester City in Week 12.

Senegal 1 - 0 Egypt

Although there wasn't much information available on the actual match, Stoke City's Mame Biram Diouf scored the winner in the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt. The final round of qualifying takes place on Wednesday, so any African players involved with their national sides should be looked at with caution this weekend.

Sunday, November 16

Belgium 0 - 0 Wales

Though there were no goals scored in this one (all credit to Wales for a brilliant performance), Thibaut Courtois was at his best to deny Gareth Bale free kicks on two occasions. Despite scoring earlier in the week, there was no place for Romelu Lukaku in this one, so he should be fresh for Everton this weekend. Christian Benteke had a goal-bound header cleared off the line by Bale in the dying embers of the match.

Netherlands 6 - 0 Latvia

Robin van Persie opened the scoring in the sixth minute, though his Manchester United teammate Daley Blind was less fortunate, being replaced after 20 minutes with a suspected ligament tear in his knee that may keep him out for six weeks or more.

Israel 3 - 0 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Israel continued their impressive run of three victories in Euro 2016 qualification, though their opponents suffered badly in the absence of Edin Dzeko who looks to be sidelined for some time through injury. Asmir Begovic and Muhamed Besic each played, though the Everton midfielder was withdrawn at half time.

Italy 1 - 1 Croatia

Mario Balotelli withdrew from the squad a day ahead of this match with a reported hamstring injury, though Italy coach Antonio Conte suggested it was less serious, stating the Liverpool striker was suffering from some inflammation of the muscle tissue. Graziano Pelle was introduced as a second-half substitute, but couldn't break the deadlock.


We'll be back with news from the remaining fixtures after they've taken place on Tuesday and Wednesday, so stay tuned! In the meantime, does this news change any of your plans for the weekend?