Internationals: Zaha grabs an assist, Keane impresses again and Vermijl keeps clean sheet

by Sam Peoples

Wilfried Zaha and Michael Keane both started for England’s U21s for the second time in a week tonight in their 1-1 draw with Finland.

Against Moldova earlier this week, Zaha played a starring role in England’s 1-0 win and tonight he set up Saido Berahino’s equaliser with a drilled cross for him to tap in just before the 70th minute.

Zaha didn’t finish the game as he was taken off in a tactical substitution later on following the dismissal of Andre Wisdom.

It’s been a very productive international break for Zaha and with a game against his former club Crystal Palace this Saturday, Zaha has done all the right things to try and show David Moyes why he should start him.

As for Michael Keane, he once again played the full 90 minutes and couldn’t do anything about Finland’s freak 40 yard free-kick that eluded Jack Butland.

Wisdom’s dismissal put pressure on England but Keane coped admirably with Finland’s added attacking impetus. The 20-year-old has had a great couple of games for England and with the emergency loan window opening tomorrow, there is every chance he could be sent out on loan as he had such a successful spell at Leicester City last year.

Marnick Vermijl also played the full 90 minutes for Belgium’s U21s in their 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland. The 21-year-old started both of Belgium’s Euro 2015 qualification victories this week and the fact that he finished both games is a testament to how well he played.

This season, he will spend his first loan spell away from Carrington at Dutch club NEC Nijmegen and if he can be as consistent in the Eredivisie as he has been with United’s U21s over the past few years, he’ll have a fantastic loan spell in Holland.

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