Southampton players Che Adams, Tino Livramento and Mohamed Elyounoussi all played a part in big international wins for their respective countries on Tuesday evening.
Adams started for Scotland in a crucial 1-0 win in Austria and created the goal by winning a penalty in the 30th minute. His tussle with Austria defender Martin Hinteregger saw his shirt being pulled and a spot-kick was awarded when he was prevented from reaching the ball and fell to the ground.
Queens Park Rangers striker Lyndon Dykes linked well with Adams upfront during the game and dispatched the penalty to move Steve Clarke’s side up to second in their group. This win came after a 2-0 defeat to Denmark and a 1-0 win over Moldova last week.
Mohamed Elyounoussi also started for Norway in their comprehensive 5-1 win over Gibraltar.
Adams, Livramento and Elyounoussi perform well away from Southampton
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The 27-year-old did not score but played 81 minutes as Norway also moved themselves up to second in their respective group. A hat-trick for Borussia Dortmund start Erling Haaland and further goals from Kristian Thorstvedt and Alexander Sorloth completed the rout.
A positive for Elyounoussi is that his strong early season form for Saints looks to have put him back in favour for club and country – he added another good goal to his season’s tally in Norway’s win over Latvia last Saturday.
Tino Livramento claimed his first England Under-21s cap by coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Kosovo. He was brought on in the 83rd minute as a winger and replaced PSV Eindhoven starlet Noni Madueke.
Given that he can play at this level for the next three years, Livramento has made some great strides already this season and seems to have impressed people other than Saints fans with very lively displays in the Premier League.
Jan Bednarek is likely to be in action on Wednesday in Poland’s final international fixture of this break in a big World Cup Qualifying fixture against England.