It was a mixed evening for the two Southampton players in international action on Friday night, as Jan Bednarek helped Poland to a draw while Stuart Armstrong suffered defeat with Scotland.
Bednarek started at centre-back for his country away to Italy in the UEFA Nations League, as they earned a very creditable 1-1 draw to open up the competition.
It looked for a long time as if it would be an even better night for Poland, who led in Bologna through Piotr Zieliński’s side-footed volley from Robert Lewandowski’s 40th-minute cross.
However, a 78th-minute penalty from Chelsea’s Jorginho, after Jakub Błaszczykowski was judged to have fouled Federico Chiesa in the area, meant Bednarek and his teammates had to settle for a point in what was their first game under manager Jerzy Brzeczek.
For Armstrong, it was a disappointing night, as Scotland were soundly beaten, 4-0, by Belgium.
The Saints midfielder started at Hampden Park and played 53 minutes of the friendly, as he was withdrawn during a flurry of second-half substitutions.
Belgium led 1-0 at half-time, thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s finish, with Eden Hazard adding another within a minute of the second half starting, before Michy Batshuayi netted a pair of goals himself.
Armstrong and Scotland will hope for better when they host Albania on Monday night in their first UEFA Nations League match.