It was a proud moment for Ainsley Maitland-Niles as he made his England debut against Denmark on Tuesday evening. Our 23-year-old midfielder replaced Trent Alexander-Arnold in the final five minutes to become Gareth Southgate’s fourth debutant of the night.
The Three Lions struggled to create clear-cut chances throughout and had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen.
Daniel Ballard was also in international action as Northern Ireland fell to a humbling 5-1 defeat against Norway at Windsor Park. Our defender picked up a 36th minute booking before being replaced at half-time.
Saed Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney were unused substitutes for Bosnia & Herzegovina and Scotland, respectively.
Find out how our first-team stars fared in the first round of international fixtures below…
Sead Kolasinac played 83 minutes as Bosnia and Herzegovina drew 1-1 with Italy in the Nations League on Friday. Edin Dzeko opened the scoring before Stefano Sensi levelled the scores after the hour mark.
Kieran Tierney was also in action for his country, playing as a left-sided centre back in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Israel.
Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno both featured as Switzerland drew 1-1 with Germany. Ilkay Gundogan scored after 14 minutes before right back Silvan Widmer equalised. The fixture was Xhaka’s second run out of the international break after the Swiss lost 2-1 against Ukraine on Tuesday.
Daniel Ballard played the full game as Northern Ireland drew 1-1 against Romania. George Puscas opened the scoring before Gavin Whyte put Northern Ireland on level terms with four minutes to play.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Dejan Iliev were both unused substitutes for England and North Macedonia respectively.
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