Football never stops. Except the Premier League once in a while. Luckily when it does, there’s some international football to keep us busy. Here’s the all the facts that matter from the international break.
Spain had the feel good story of the break, as David Villa made his first appearance for Spain in over 1000 days.
Japan’s 2-0 victory at home against Australia saw them become the 4th side to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
Mexico became the first sides of the CONCACAF federation to qualify for the tournament, in what will be their 7th consecutive World Cup appearance.
England’s 4-0 win against Malta was their 17th consecutive undefeated match in World Cup Qualifying, in a run that spans back to 2009.
England also defeated Slovakia 2-1. The last time these two teams faced it was the first, and only match of former manager Sam Allardyce.
England’s 17 consecutive unbeaten matches is dwarfed by Spain’s efforts, as they have now gone 59 World Cup qualifying matches without a loss.
Netherlands’ embarrassing loss to France was their biggest ever in a competitive match, as they were completely outclassed 4 goals to nil. Their 10 goals conceded this campaign is the most they’ve ever conceded in qualifying.
The loss saw their horrible run at the Amsterdam Arena extended, as the Netherlands have now lost 6 and drawn 1 of their last 7 games there.
Things weren’t all positive for France, who then went on to a 0-0 draw to Luxembourg. The French teams total value in transfer fees is over 400,840,000 pounds. Luxembourg’s total transfer value? 27,720 pounds.
Belgium became the 6th side to lock up qualification, with Romelu Lukaku scoring his 8th goal in 6 matches for club and country this season.
Portugal have continued their fantastic recent form, having conceded just 2 goals in their last 7 qualifying games while putting away 28 of their own. Since winning the Euro’s they have lost just one competitive match.
Stats sourced from: @OptaJoe