Scott McTominay celebrating with Scotland.

Friday Briefing: Our huge night of internationals

Friday 13 November 2020 08:00

Congratulations to Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, who helped Scotland end their 23-year major tournament drought, with a 5-4 penalty shootout win in Serbia on Thursday.

The match finished 1-1 after 120 minutes and David Marshall saved from Aleksandar Mitrovic to ensure Steve Clarke’s men are the final side to book their place in next summer's competition. 

Academy graduate McTominay showed nerves of steel to slot home his penalty earlier in the shootout and the Scots will have a Battle of Britain clash with England to look forward to in June.

 

 

Meanwhile, United goalkeeper Dean Henderson made his senior England debut during Thursday’s 3-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland. He was introduced at half-time at Wembley, in place of Burnley’s Nick Pope, and kept a clean sheet as the Three Lions swept to victory.

The 23-year-old, who has played three times for the Reds since returning from a two-year loan spell at Sheffield United, was first selected in a squad by Gareth Southgate in 2019, but had been consigned to the bench until now, with Jordan Pickford a clear first choice. 

Impressively, Henderson has previously appeared for England’s Under-21s, as well as the Under-16, Under-17 and Under-20 sides.

 

It was also a proud night in the capital for Harry Maguire, who captained his country from the start of an international for the first time.

Our no.5 marked that milestone with his second goal for his country, nodding in Harry Winks’s cross to give England an 18th-minute lead.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho soon added a second, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck from the penalty spot in the second half.

 

Elsewhere, there was heartbreak for United youngster Ethan Galbraith and Northern Ireland, who lost 2-1 to Slovakia at Windsor Park after extra time. 

Dylan Levitt and Daniel James played 80 and 62 minutes respectively for Wales, during their 0-0 friendly draw with the United States.

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Tonight, it’s the turn of Edinson Cavani to take part in international action. Our October signing has been included in the Uruguay squad to take on Colombia in the latest round of South America’s World Cup qualifiers.

Edi netted his maiden goal for United last Saturday and will be hoping to make an impact for La Celeste, in what is his first involvement with the national side since November 2019.
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WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?

We paid our final respects to United legend Nobby Stiles, as his funeral cortege passed Old Trafford on Thursday morning. Rest in peace, Nobby.

There was also the sad news that another former player, Albert Quixall, had passed away at the age of 87. Everyone at the club sends their condolences to his family and friends at this time.

Remembering two former United heroes: