Although the season may be over for Inter, many of our players are still in action with their national teams. In preparation for competitive international fixtures many international teams have played a series of friendlies to prepare for the compete events fixture. Meanwhile, many other national teams have already jumped into their competitive fixture for the summer. Here is a look at how Inter players have fared so far on the international scene.
Starting with the captain, Mauro Icardi finally received his national team call up after years of waiting, but sadly did not feature in either of Argentina’s friendlies. Ever Banega on the other hand featured in both of Argentina’s games against Brazil and Singapore.
Next let's look at our Italian contingent. Danilo D'Ambrosio, Roberto Gagliardini, and loanee Gianluca Caprari all featured in the 8-0 beat down of San Marino. None of these players appeared in the 3-0 win against Uruguay, but Eder and Antonio Candreva did. Eder got on the scoresheet as he secured the victory with Italy’s second goal. Candreva and Eder featured again in the 5-0 demolition of Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifying match with Eder finding the back of the net for the second game in a row.
Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic both played in Croatia’s loss to Iceland. Neither were able to prevent Croatia from a 1-0 defeat. Switching to Portugal, Joao Mario played in a friendly against Cyprus but did not participate in the World Cup qualifying win over Latvia.
One of our players has received some media attention for his play on the international scene. Gary Medel who featured who Chile’s games against Russia and Romania. It was for his actions in the Romania game that Medel has received some attention. 30 minutes into the friendly with Romania, Medel got sent off for kicking a Romania player in a decision that cannot be defended.
Taking a look at a player on his way out (most likely), Stevan Jovetic has only helped his value with his international performances. First he scored in Montenegro’s loss to Iran. Then, Jovetic took over the game against Armenia and scored a hat trick.
Lastly, a look a Yuto Nagatomo and Trent Sainsbury. Yuto Nagatomo played two complete matches in a friendly against Syria and a World Cup qualifying match against Iraq which both ended in draws. While Trent Sainsbury was on the wrong side of a 4-0 result against Brazil.
Until the start of next season, we will have to settle for watching our favorite players on the international scene. Look for our players to continue to compete in World Cup qualifying matches and even in the Confederations Cup for the rest of the summer.