Summer Briefing: Fred in form for Brazil

Monday 14 June 2021 10:00

International football served up a flurry of activity this weekend, as Euro 2020 finally kicked off and this year's Copa America got under way.

Eight United players were with their national teams and hoping to earn some minutes on the pitch, across three different continents.
Find out who played and how they performed below, in our handy recap...


Fred played 85 minutes of Brazil's opening match of the 2021 Copa America. The tournament's hosts took on Venezuela in Brasilia, and won 3-0 thanks to goals from Marquinhos, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa. After a solid display, our no.17 was replaced by Liverpool's Fabinho for the final few minutes.
Marcus Rashford came on as a substitute in England's 1-0 win over Croatia, helping the Three Lions to an impressive win over Croatia at Euro 2020. It's the first time England have ever won their opening game at the Euros, and Marcus received a wonderful ovation when he replaced Phil Foden in the 71st minute.
Luke Shaw and Dean Henderson were unused substitutes in the win, while Harry Maguire is still battling to recover from the ankle injury that ended his United season.

On Saturday, Daniel James was arguably Wales' outstanding performer in a gritty 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The Dragons were up against it when Breel Embolo gave the opposition the lead just after half-time, but Kieffer Moore headed Wales level with just over 15 minutes to go. James was involved in the build-up to the goal, and was central to many of Wales's best moments in the game. He was taken off on 75 minutes – with manager Rob Page later citing the controversial decision as being related to the high heat in Baku and James's superb work-rate while on the field. Dylan Levitt was an unused substitute during the game.

Also on Saturday, Eric Bailly and Amad took part in Ivory Coast's goalless draw with Ghana. The defender played every minute of the friendly in Cape Coast, Ghana, while Amad came on in the 59th minute for a lively cameo.


It's a big day for Scotland, who play their first match at a major tournament for 23 years when they take on the Czech Republic at Hampden Park (kick-off 14:00 BST). Scott McTominay is in line to start for Steve Clarke's men – but will he play in midfield or central defence?
Later, David De Gea's Spain take on Victor Lindelof's Sweden at La Cartuja in Seville (kick-off 20:00 BST). The Swedes reached the quarter-finals of the last World Cup, and will be looking to make a bright start against three-time Euro winners Spain.