Internationals | Strong weekends for Gomes and Ait-Nouri

Joao Gomes made his senior international debut in Brazil’s win over England – one of six Old Gold players in action across the weekend.

Pablo Sarabia marked his return to the Spain squad, while Matt Doherty added another Republic of Ireland cap to his collection.

Rayan Ait-Nouri and Mario Lemina were in action for Algeria and Gabon respectively, while Boubacar Traore got minutes and a goal for Mali’s under-23s.

Gomes | England 0-1 Brazil

Gomes was not only given a start Wembley but played the full 90 minutes on his debut for Brazil. The Wolves man was typically energetic in the midfield, impressing against the likes of Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham of England. Brazil went on to win the friendly 1-0, with Endrick scoring late on. The 23-year-old will now hope cap number two is around the corner when Brazil face Spain on Tuesday evening.

Sarabia | Spain 0-1 Colombia

Sarabia ended his 18-month absence from the Spanish set-up with a start on Friday against Colombia. The Wolves man played 72 minutes at the London Stadium, but Spain were beaten 1-0 following Daniel Munoz’s winner for Columbia. Yerson Mosquera remained on the bench for the South Americans, meaning he remains on three international caps. Sarabia and Spain face Brazil on Tuesday, while Romania are up next for Mosquera and Colombia, also on Tuesday.

Doherty | Republic of Ireland 0-0 Belgium

Doherty made it cap number 42 for the Republic of Ireland at the weekend, as he came off the bench in their draw with Belgium. In John O’Shea’s first match in temporary charge, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Evan Ferguson missed a penalty for the hosts. Doherty came off the bench on 81 minutes and helped the Irish see out their clean sheet and draw.

Ait-Nouri | Algeria 3-2 Bolivia

Algeria and Ait-Nouri banished the memory of AFCON disappointment in January by getting back to winning ways on Friday. The Wolves man played the full 90 minutes at left-back as Algeria beat Bolivia 3-2. Trailing on 70 minutes, the Algerians levelled things up on 79 and claimed the win four minutes into added time. South Africa are up next on Tuesday evening.

Lemina | Senegal 3-0 Gabon

Unfortunately for Lemina, he was on the losing side on Friday as Gabon were beaten by Senegal. The Wolves man played the full 90 minutes but Senegal, who reached the knockout stage of the World Cup 18 months ago, were too strong. Senegal were cruising at 2-0 before the break, before Sadio Mane added the third late on. Gabon are back in action on Monday when they face Congo.

Traore | Japan U23 1-3 Mali U23

Traore was the only Wolves player on target for his country this weekend, as he represented Mali’s under-23 side. The midfielder played the full 90 minutes in Mali’s 3-1 win in Japan and put the game beyond doubt with the crucial third goal late on. His deflected strike made it 3-1 and saw his country win their only fixture during this international period.

Coming up…

Wolves’ international contingent have a busy Tuesday, with the majority facing the second of their fixture during this round of international games. Portugal take on Slovenia, Spain face Brazil and the Republic of Ireland host Switzerland. Wales are in play-off final action against Poland, looking to book their place at Euro 2024. Gabon face Congo on Monday and Algeria lock horns with South Africa a day later.