Internationals | Coady stars on England debut

Conor Coady put in a man of the match performance on his England debut as he helped the Three Lions to a clean sheet in their goalless draw against Denmark.

Playing in his usual position at the heart of the back three as England switched to a 3-4-3 for the visit to Copenhagen, Coady looked the most comfortable player on the pitch – despite having never played for the senior side before – as he spent the 90 minutes barking out instructions and encouragement to his teammates.

The only the second Wolves player to feature for England in the past 30 years, the old gold captain quickly settled into the Nations League qualifier, pinging his trademark 60-yard passes to the feet of Trent Alexander-Arnold early on.

Coady’s organisation in defence helped England to a second clean sheet in their opening two matches of the competition, but with the side lacking creativity in attack, had to settle for a point.

The captain’s Wolves teammate Joao Moutinho was once again a starter for Portugal, playing the first 73 minutes of his country’s 2-0 Nations League win over Sweden.

Moutinho was replaced with just over 15 minutes to go by his Wolves midfield partner Ruben Neves, while club teammate Diogo Jota came on for Cristiano Ronaldo with ten minutes remaining.

Before being replaced by Jota, Ronaldo had broken the 100-goal milestone for Portugal with both goals on the evening. Rui Patricio, the fourth gold and black member of the Portugal squad, was an unused substitute.

Among the other Wolves players on international duty this week, Leander Dendoncker was once again an unused substitute for Belgium in their victory over Iceland.

With a 5-1 win, Belgium top their Nations League group, which also includes England, having taken six points from their opening League A Group 2 fixtures.

Adama Traore was unable to play in Spain’s 4-0 Nations League win against Ukraine on Sunday due to UEFA protocol following his Covid-19 test results.

Pedro Neto and Ruben Vinagre were also without a second game this week after Portugal under-21’s European qualifier against Belarus being postponed.

Wolves internationals September results

Patricio, Moutinho, Neves, Jota (Portugal): UEFA Nations League group stages

  • 4-1 vs Croatia (H)
  • 2-0 vs Sweden (A)

Coady (England): UEFA Nations League group stages

  • 1-0 vs Iceland (A)
  • 0-0 vs Denmark (A)

Traore (Spain): UEFA Nations League group stages

  • 1-1 vs Germany (A)
  • 4-0 vs Ukraine (A)

Dendoncker (Belgium): UEFA Nations League group stages

  • 2-0 vs Denmark (A)
  • 5-1 vs Iceland (H)

Neto, Vinagre (Portugal U21): UEFA Euro U21 qualifying

  • 4-0 vs Cyprus (A)
  • P-P vs Belarus (H)