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International Reds: Wayne Rooney breaks England record, Mata scores a stunner

Manchester United have many players who will represent the club during the international break over the next three days or so. On Tuesday evening, England beat Switzerland 2-0, Spain beat Macedonia 1-0, and Ecuador beat Honduras 2-0. Argentina face Mexico in the early hours of Wednesday morning, which we will cover tomorrow morning.

Here is how I feel the players fared during Tuesday evenings matches.

Chris Smalling – England 2-0 Switzerland

Chris Smalling played 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Switzerland in their European Championships qualifier played at Wembley on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United defender was strong and powerful in the centre of England’s defence, similar to the part he has played for United this season. Smalling deal with Xherdan Shaqiri very well and did not seem to face much difficulty during the match. The England defender was booked on the 71st minute for a foul on Shaqiri. England qualified for next summers tournament after beating San Marino 6-0 on Saturday and sit at the top of group E, nine points clear of second placed Switzerland, with two matches still to play.

Luke Shaw – England 2-0 Switzerland

Luke Shaw played 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Switzerland in their European Championships qualifier played at Wembley on Tuesday evening. Shaw has done well this season, turning his back on a shocking first season at United, which was riddles with poor form and injuries. Shaw defended solidly for his country, also getting forward when he could, setting up chances for Raheem Sterling and United team-mate Wayne Rooney. Shaw assisted for Harry Kane, who scored England’s first goal on the 67th minute of the match, putting in an impressive run and a fabulous cross. England qualified for next summers tournament after beating San Marino 6-0 on Saturday and sit at the top of group E, nine points clear of second placed Switzerland, with two matches still to play.

Wayne Rooney – England 2-0 Switzerland

Wayne Rooney played 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Switzerland in their European Championships qualifier played at Wembley on Tuesday evening. The England captain will be making the headlines for all the right reasons after helping defeat Switzerland, scoring his fiftieth goal for his country, albeit from the penalty spot, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s record which was set back in 1970. Rooney had a good chance to score earlier in the match, but was denied. England qualified for next summers tournament after beating San Marino 6-0 on Saturday and sit at the top of group E, nine points clear of second placed Switzerland, with two matches still to play.

David De Gea – Macedonia 0-1 Spain

David De Gea played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Macedonia in their European Championships qualifier played at the Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski in Skopje on Tuesday evening. De Gea, playing his first competitive match of the season, did not really have a lot to do in the 90 minutes he represented his country, which did not see him having to make a single notable save. Louis van Gaal will be happy to see him play during the international break, especially with United facing Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Spain currently sit at the top of group C with 21 points, two points clear of second placed Slovakia with two matches still to be played.

Juan Mata – Macedonia 0-1 Spain

Juan Mata played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Macedonia in their European Championships qualifier played at the Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski in Skopje on Tuesday evening. Mata scored the only goal of the match after eight minutes, taking a free kick which was headed back out of the box. The Manchester United attacking midfielder then crossed the ball back towards goal, with the ball hitting the post and into the back of the net. The Spaniard was not granted much space during the match, so did not really get much involvement. Spain currently sit at the top of group C with 21 points, two points clear of second placed Slovakia with two matches still to be played.

Antonio Valencia – Ecuador 2-0 Honduras

Antonio Valencia played 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Honduras in an international friendly played at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito. The Manchester United wide-man played in the more familiar right-wing position for his country during the win.

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