As reported on The 72 last week, Middlesbrough had 10 players out on international duty over the weekend, including six in their respected senior teams, and four in England youth squads.
As well as the ten reported previously, Martin Braithwaite returned to action with Denmark after their on-going dispute. Here is how each of the ten selected Middlesbrough players fared out on international duty.
Darren Randolph – Republic of Ireland
Randolph was on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline, as the Republic of Ireland were beaten comfortably by Ryan Giggs’ youthful Wales side.
Paddy McNair – Northern Ireland
McNair didn’t feature in Northern Ireland’s Nations League fixture against Bosnia, but will be hoping to be a part of the starting line up in their next game against Israel on Tuesday.
George Saville – Northern Ireland
The new Boro signing lined up on the left of midfield and was effective at cutting in and creating chances. He may have felt aggrieved to have not been awarded a penalty in the first half too, but ultimately Northern Ireland were beaten 2-1, with opponents Bosnia the better side.
Muhamed Besic – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Besic started in an unfamiliar right-back role, which highlights the Bosnian’s versatility. He came up against Saville and McNair’s side, and got the better of them as the Bosnian’s won the opening game.
Enes Mahmutovic – Luxembourg
Mahmutovic played 90 minutes in Luxembourg’s Nations League opener against Moldova, with the Middlesbrough man earning a clean sheet in a 4-0 win.
Martin Braithwaite – Denmark
The forward started as the out-and-out number nine against Wales, and had a number of good opportunities to score. The game ended 2-0 after two goals from Spurs man Christian Eriksen.
Britt Assombalonga – DR Congo
Assombalonga added to his one cap for his country, coming on from the bench in the 1-1 draw in DR Congo’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia.
Dael Fry – England Under-21s
There wasn’t much in the way of chances in England’s 0-0 draw with the Netherlands at Norwich’s Carrow Road. But Fry managed to continue his strong defensive performances with Boro over into England duty, as he was key in keeping a clean sheet.
Marcus Tavernier – England Under-20s
Tavernier was an unused substitute as England’s under-20 side beat Switzerland 2-0 at St. George’s Park. The week was a memorable one for the Boro youngster however, as he was drafted into the England senior side’s training session prior to the Nations League fixture against Spain.
Stephen Walker – England Under-19s
Walker played the last ten minutes of the game against the Netherlands, replacing Reading forward Danny Loader who scored twice. England’s under-19s won the game 4-1, and will face Belgium on Monday.
Nathan Wood – England Under-17s
England’s under-17s played Norway on Friday afternoon and put in a dominant performance. Nathan Wood played 90 minutes, and managed to keep a clean sheet as the three lions side won 6-0.
Martin Braithwaite – Denmark