A number of Villa players have represented their country over the international period. Some players are only half-way through their games for their country before returning back to the Premier League and have already gained more success with their country than they have been for Villa over the last few months.
The centre-half once again put in a stern performance for Republic of Ireland and made all the headlines for his country, as his early header in the back of the net was the difference in their friendly win over Switzerland.
The Scotsman earned his 50th cap for his country on Thursday, when Scotland edged a victory over Czech Republic in a narrow 1-0 win. Hutton put in a solid performance and the right-back should have been awarded what looked like a stonewall penalty in the second-half, but the referee dismissed the incident.
Ghana coasted past Mozambique with a 3-1 victory in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Ayew started the game and bagged the third goal for his side with a beautifully placed lob over the oppositions stranded goalkeeper from the edge of the box.
Jordan Ayew’s side surprisingly faced Mozambique again in their second game over the international period, but this time their opponents frustrated them in front of goal and Ghana couldn’t break through against a determined and focused side. They were held to a 0-0, meaning Mozambique picked up their first point of the African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.
Gestede’s country Benin gained what was a vital victory in their chase to finish top of Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group. Rudy Gestede started the match but didn’t contribute to the two goals which put his side into a comfortable lead.
The first goal was scored by fellow Premier League player Stephane Sessegnon and then the lead was doubled with Frédéric Gounongbé scoring on the 75 minute mark, before South Sudan scored nothing more than a consolation goal in the 89th minute.
Benin then played the same opponents again yesterday and triumphed once more, this time with a 4-1 victory. Gestede came off the bench on the 60 minute mark and set-up Stephane Sessegnon’s second goal in the game.
Okore could ony make the bench for Denmark’s friendly game with Iceland, where he watched his side defeat Iceland 2-1.
Villa midfielder Sanchez also sat out as his country, Colombia, came out on top in a five-goal thriller against Bolivia, as Edwin Cardona scored the winner to make it 3-2 for the Colombians.
Barbados shocked Bacuna’s side Curacao, with a 1-0 victory in the first round of the Caribbean Cup qualifying. Curacao are now placed bottom of the group of three after their defeat, with the top two going through to the next round.
Bacuna then tasted success with Curaçao in the second game of Caribbean Cup qualification, as they beat Dominican Republic 2-1. The win boosts their bid to qualify for next year’s Caribbean Cup after their disappointing defeat earlier in the week.
Bacuna played in both of Curacao’s mixed results, as they continue fighting to qualify for the ‘Cup.
Senegal have won all three of their first African Cup of Nations qualifying games, with another victory over Niger this time around. Southampton playmaker Saido Mane assisted the two goals which led the Senegalese to the three points.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard got the number one spot ahead of Brad Guzan in their World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala. Unfortunately, USA suffered a 2-0 defeat – and the Americans have got to improve in the return fixture on Wednesday, against Guatemala.