International Round-Up

Cuco Martina

CUCO MARTINA played the full 90 minutes as Curacao continued their impressive showing in the CONCACAF Nations League yesterday evening.

After emphatically seeing off Grenada and the US Virgin Islands by an overall scoreline of 15-0 in their first two group games, they comfortably saw off Guadeloupe last night.

The hosts took the lead with the half time interval looming in their capital city of Williemstad, before adding five further efforts in the second period to complete the rout.

The result means that Curacao sit top of the CONCACAF Nations League table - which consists of 34 teams - by virtue of a superior goal difference.

Elsewhere last night, Tom Edwards watched from the bench as England’s Under-20 side beat their German counterparts in a friendly at Colchester’s JobServe Community Stadium last night.

Edwards was an unused substitute for the game which England won 2-0, courtesy of two quick-fire second half goals, in front of a crowd of 7,648.

Arsenal’s Joe Willock set the Young Lions on their way with the opening goal midway through the second half and it was effectively game over when Lukas Nmecha, on loan with Preston North End from Manchester City, doubled their lead three minutes later with a debut goal.

Meanwhile, James McClean was forced to sit out the Republic of Ireland’s UEFA Nations League tie against Denmark through suspension.

The Republic, who went into the game knowing they had already been relegated to League C and that they would be in pot 3 for Euros qualifying, drew 0-0 in Aarhus.

Martina, Edwards and McClean will now return to the bet365 Stadium to prepare for Saturday’s home game against Queens Park Rangers.