In the recently concluded opener of the international football through UEFA Nation’s League, only few players have made an impact, owing the congested matches following the halt of the season. With the Euro 2020 delayed for a year, these players are the ones to watch out for. Here are the standout players in the international football opener ahead of Euro 2020.
Alexander Sorloth (Norway)
On loan to Süper Lig club Trabzonspor from Premier League’sCrystal Palace, Alexander Sorloth netted two goals as Norway beat Northern Ireland 5-1 and took his tally to six goals in his past five internationals. Sorloth scored just twice in his previous 19 appearances for Norway. Sorloth joined Palace from FC Midtjylland in 2018, but scored just once in 20 games before heading to Trabzonspor.
The 24-year-old has scored 24 goals last season winning Golden Boot in the Turkish Super Lig last season and maintained his same form for Norway as well. In recent week, Trabzonsporpresident Ahmet Agaoglu has reportedly told a news portal that Sorloth wants to leave, and talks with Tottenham are imminent.Tottenham lose their opening match in the new season of the English Premier League.
Anthony Martial (France)
In his first national team start since March 2018, the Manchester United star Anthony Martial assisted a goal and played a key role as the World Champions defeated Croatia 4-2. As the France talisman Kylian Mbappe out of the recent match, Martial got a starting role and where he provided an assist for Griezmann’s goal before forcing an own goal from keeper Dominik Livakovic.
In the first game against Sweden, Martial won a penalty after coming on as a substitute for the final 13 minutes which Antoine Griezmann missed. Martial has caught the eye of both manager Didier Deschamps and the French press. Last season Martial scored 23 goals and provided six assists for United in all competitions, to finish as the team’s top goalscorer, one ahead of Marcus Rashford.
Kylian Mbappe (France)
The 21-year-old had scored France’s lone goal away against Sweden which took them to a narrow 1-0 victory in their opening match of the Nations League. Mbappe single-handedly beat two defenders before firing in a shot at the far post from an acute angle which opened France’s scoring. He missed the match against Croatia and PSG’s opening game as he was tested positive for coronavirus.
Mbappe was in great form this past season, taking PSG to the Ligue 1 title and being instrumental in PSG’s maiden run to the Champions League final. Ever since his full international debut for the French national team in 2017, Mbappe has made 35 appearances, scoring 14 goals, including the historic World Cup goal that made him the youngest player to score a World Cup goal, while also earning 10 assists.