Despite club football being on hold during the international break, there was still plenty for Chelsea fans to concentrate on around the world.
Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Willian and Branislav Ivanovic all found the net during a successful week for Chelsea’s first-teamers, confounding long odds on this list of top sports betting sites, but there were a number of Blues players on international duty who aren’t currently at Stamford Bridge.
Tammy Abraham capped a superb debut for England’s U21s with a well-taken brace against Bosnia on Tuesday. The striker – who is currently on loan at Bristol City – showed quick reactions to acrobatically finished from a rebounded shot before finishing off a 5-0 win with a delicate dinked finish.
The 19-year-old – who is also the Championship’s top scorer – linked up well with his new teammates and bullied the Bosnians with his pace and strength. Abraham made a great impression on Aidy Boothroyd after being disappointed to only appear as a late substitute in the 1-0 win against Kazakhstan; a game which Lewis Baker played the full 90.
Baba Rahman was solid in both games as Ghana were unlucky to draw against both Uganda and South Africa. Christian Atsu started the Uganda game but only managed a ten-minute sub appearance versus South Africa as the Ghana attack struggled in windy conditions.
Juventus loanee Juan Cuadrado started both games for Colombia. The winger had little effect before being subbed in the 82nd minute in a 1-0 win against Paraguay but did manage to assist Yerry Mina for a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Uruguay.
Kenneth Omeruo had a day to forget when he turned out for Nigeria. The Super Eagles managed a 2-1 win over Zambia but Omeruo was at fault for the goal they conceded when he headed the ball into the ground and was outmuscled by Collins Mbusema, who then found the net.
Young attacker Bertrand Traore was in action for Burkino Faso. He played on the right wing in a 1-1 draw with South Africa, managing to constantly beat his man but producing no returns of note before being substituted for eventual goalscorer Banou Diawara.
Charly Musonda was unable to inspire a Belgium side that failed to score in back-to-back losses against Montenegro and Latvia. The 19-year-old started the 3-0 loss against Montenegro and had little impact as a substitute as the Latvians secured a shock 1-0 win.
Nathan Ake only played the last half an hour in Holland Under-21s’ 4-1 win over Cyprus. The Bournemouth loanee replaced Jairo Riedewald with the game secure at 3-1 and saw the match out well.
Jake Clarke-Salter represented England’s Under-19s as they won the Four Nations mini-tournament. He captained Chelsea in a 2-0 win over Netherlands U20s in the Four Nations mini-tournament. and played 45 mins in another 2-0 win against USA. Dominic Solanke also scored a late penalty in that game.