A Report On Every Palace International’s Performances Over The Break

1 Posted by - September 10, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace may be in the midst of a two-week break but plenty of their players have been involved in international action over the last seven days, which each and every appearance covered below. 

Highly-rated teenager Nya Kirby started for England U19s in a 4-1 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday. He may not have managed to get on the scoresheet but Danny Loader (2), Phil Foden and Angel Gomes did, enabling the Three Lions to run out comfortable victors on the night. Kirby’s reputation has been growing steadily over the last year or two and he’ll no doubt be hoping to shine on Monday, when he and the other U19 players face Belgium. 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was called up to the England U21 side for the first time and played the full 90 minutes of their 0-0 draw with Holland at Carrow Road on Thursday. Having made his Palace debut in the latter stages of last season, Aaron has shot to prominence at a rapid rate and did nothing to dampen the hype that’s been gathering around him with his display for Aidy Boothroyd’s men. Whilst he and his teammates failed to score on the night, he and the rest of the defence were defensively sound throughout, with a similarly positive performance to be hoped for against Latvia tonight. 

Wayne Hennessey started for Wales in their 4-1 win over the Republic of Ireland on Thursday. Performing well under the guidance of Ryan Giggs in front of a home crowd. It was Wayne’s 77th cap for Wales, meaning that his start in their 2-0 defeat away to Denmark took him into second place on Palace’s all-time international appearance list behind Mile Jedinak. 

Cheikhou Kouyaté started in Senegal’s 2-2 draw Madagascar on Sunday, with he, Sadio Mane and the rest of the Senegal being forced to accept a point despite twice taking the lead away from home. As frustrating as the result no doubt was, the fact they managed to come away with anything given the state of the pitch should be seen as a mini triumph once the dust settles. 

Alexander Sørloth was brought on at half-time for Norway on Sunday but wasn’t able to find the back of the net as they went down 1-0 to Bulgaria, whilst Patrick van Aanholt failed to play a part in either of the Netherlands’ two fixtures, which should at least mean he returns to SE25 fit and raring to go. 

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  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh September 10, 2018 - 1:49 pm Reply

    It would be nice to see Kirby get some minutes this season. His contemparies at that age level will overtake him if not.

    From what i’ve seen he could play a similar, faux-wide role to Jimmy Mac which would allow Jimmy to move back towards the centre.

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