International round-up: Frustration for Valencia, Romero and Rojo enjoy clean sheet, Shaw receives boost

by Tanveer Arayan

Marcos RojoProduced a commanding performance at centre-back against Chile, making a number of important clearances and well-timed tackles as Argentina claimed a narrow 1-0 win.

Sergio RomeroSaved by the offside flag early on when his fumbled save was bundled in by Jose Fuenzalida. Went on to   keep an impressive clean sheet against a dangerous Chile side.

Antonio Valencia: Displayed his usual energy and power going forward, this time in a more advanced role, but couldn’t save his side from succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Paraguay.

Chris SmallingLooked calm and collected on the ball alongside Gary Cahill and Michael Keane but occasionally lost track of the lively Leroy Sane. Replaced by John Stones with six minutes left.

Jesse Lingard: Thrown on for Dele Alli with 20 minutes left but, in spite of his impressive work rate, couldn’t exercise the same influence as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

Marcus RashfordCame on for Jamie Vardy after 70 minutes, featuring as a lone striker, and didn’t see much of the ball as England’s attacking frontier – following a strong start – faded in influence during the latter stages.

Luke Shaw: Only received seven minutes of action but would have benefitted from seeing some game time after a long period of exclusion from the starting XI under Jose Mourinho.

Michael Keane: The former red, now at Burnley, deserves a mention after making a strong – and indeed notably composed – debut for the national side against the world champions. Definitely one for the future.

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