By Tony Attwood (and a calculator)
It must have been pretty quiet at Arsenal these last few days as no less than 23 players were away on international “duty”. I’m not sure if this is an all time record but it must be close to the highest number ever. Here’s the details.
1: Chuba Akpom came on as a sub in the 79th-minute for England Under-20 in their 2-1 victory over the USA.
2: Krystian Bielik played the full game for Poland’s under 17 side, who beat Ireland 1-0.
3: Hector Bellerin was selected for the Spanish under 21 team who beat Norway 2-0 but he didn’t get on in the game.
4: Joel Campbell had to trot over to the Americas and was centre forward for Costa Rica match against Paraguay. But it was a goalless draw, and he was substituted on 82 minutes. Costa Rica have a game against Panama on Tuesday.
5: Santi Cazorla was rested until the 74th minute when he came on in Spain’s 1-0 win over Ukraine. Spain play again on Tuesday against the Netherlands.
6: Calum Chambers played for 61 minutes for England under 21 and got an assist to his credit as they beat Czech Republic 2-1. He was replaced by Carl Jenkinson. He is part of the squad for the Monday fixture against Germany
7: Gabriel was on the beach for Brazil against Chile at the Emirates. You’d have thought he was familiar enough with the chairs by now, but no, that’s where he stayed.
8: Kieran Gibbs was another beached player for the England game against Lithuania, but didn’t get to play.
9: Olivier Giroud naturally scored for France as they beat Denmark 2-0 and came on late as a sub in the defeat to Brazil in Paris.
10: Serge Gnabry was a second-half sub for Germany Under-21, in a 2-2 draw with Italy. It confirms completely that he really is back from his very long injury lay off.
11: Carl Jenkinson played the last half hour for England under 21 coming on as a sub for Calum Chambers. He supplied the assist for minutes for Tom Carroll to score. Thus two Arsenal full backs (Chambers and Jenkinson) got assists.
12: Glen Kamara played 85 minutes for Finland Under-21 in Luxembourg where they duly won 4-1.
13: Laurent Koscielny Played the full game for France in their 2-0 win against Denmark on Sunday. He did not play against Brazil.
14: Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on near the end of the England Under-18 1-0 win over Switzerland at St George’s Park.
15: David Ooooooospina played for Columbia against Bahrain 6-0. By all accounts he didn’t do much.
16: Mesut Özil was recovered enough to be able to play for Germany, and indeed captain the side near the end of the 2-2 draw with Georgia. He also played the full game in the 2-0 win over Georgia.
17: Lukas Podolski came on as a sub for Germany and duly scored to get a draw thus saving his country from a humiliating defeat.
18: Aaron Ramsey scored one and created one as Wales beat Israel but then got injured. There is a deafening silence relating to how bad the injury is.
19: Tomas Rosicky played the whole game as Czech Republic drew 1-1 with Latvia.
20: Alexis Sánchez put in what looked like a proper shift for Chile in a match which looked like it was more about kicking each other than the ball. And he played half the game in a match against Iran.
21: Wojciech Szczesny sat on the beach as Poland drew 1-1 against Ireland.
22: Theo Walcott popped on for England in the match against Lithuania.
23: Danny Welbeck scored for England to become the top scorer in the current campaign. He was the man of the match against Lithuania, but then got injured. As with Ramsey, news is scarce.
23: Chris Willock came on as a sub for England under 17 on the hour against Romania.
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