Six Saints involved as internationals come to a close

By SFC Media time Wed 09 Sep International
Photo by Getty Images | James Ward-Prowse

The September set of internationals ended on Monday night, with six Saints players representing their countries.

James Ward-Prowse made his very first England start against Iceland on Friday night, with Gareth Southgate’s side going on to win 1-0 in the Nations League.

Danny Ings came on with 22 minutes to go to receive his first cap in five years, following a more than impressive Premier League campaign.

Both players were unused substitutes during England’s second game of the international break, a 0-0 draw with Denmark on Tuesday.

Saints’ Jannik Vestergaard was also amongst the substitutes for that fixture, having also made the bench for their 2-0 defeat to Belgium on Saturday.

Elsewhere Stuart Armstrong helped Scotland top their Nations League group with a 2-1 win over Czech Republic on Monday night.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - SEPTEMBER 08: Danny Ings of England (R) laughs during warm ups prior to the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Denmark and England at Parken Stadium on September 08, 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Danny Ings won his first cap in five years.

Saints’ midfielder played 80 minutes as goals from Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie secured the result for the tartan army over a resilient Czech side.

Also featuring on Monday was Jan Bednarek, who played the full 90 minutes as Poland came from behind to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1.

The defender also played the duration of Poland’s 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Friday, as Armstrong featured for the final 12 minutes of Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Israel at Hampden Park on the same night.

Finally Shane Long was an unused substitute during Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Finland on Sunday but played the final ten minutes of their 1-1 draw with Bulgaria on Thursday.

The set of results mean Ireland sit third in League 3 Group 4, two points behind second placed Finland at this early stage.

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