Leeds United players on international duty: How did they fare?

Here's how the Whites got on while away representing their countries, as Leeds players rack up more than 28 hours of international action.

Monday, 6th September 2021, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 9th September 2021, 3:51 pm
Kalvin Phillips at the Puskas Arena. Pic: Getty

Kalvin Phillips

England's Player of the Year put in a commanding 90-minute shift for his country in Hungary last week, as the Lions put four past the home side.

Phillips stayed on the bench for England's Wembley rout of Andorra, before starring in the Lions' 1-1 draw with Poland. Phillips's performance was applauded by pundits after he refused to temper his no-prisoners tackling after being shown a yellow card early in the game.

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Patrick Bamford

Bamford didn't come off the bench at the Puskas Arena, despite England being 3-0 up with twenty minutes remaining.

The striker made his first start for his country against Andorra on Sunday, but couldn't find the net on his debut, and watched from the sidelines as Harry Kane scored England's only goal against Poland on Wednesday.

Liam Cooper in action for his country. Pic: Getty

Liam Cooper

The Whites skipper kicked off the international break with a full ninety against Denmark, marshalling a back three in Scotland's 2-0 loss. The centre back played 15 minutes at the end of Scotland's 1-0 win over Moldova, coming on for Andy Robertson to defend their clean sheet and claim the victory at Hampden Park. On Tuesday, Cooper remained on the bench as Scotland overturned Austria in a vital 1-0 win.

Dan James

Leeds' newest recruit made a huge impact for his country, assisting the injury time goal which completed Gareth Bale's hat-trick and sealed the Dragon's impressive comeback win in Belarus.

Patrick Bamford chases the ball on his debut. Pic: Getty

James played a full 90 for his country in their qualifying clash with Estonia, with Wales failing to score in a goalless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Tyler Roberts

Tyler Roberts did not feature in Wales' 3-2 victory in Belarus as the 22-year-old's work visa was not sorted in time for the squad's departure.

Roberts started for Wales in their disappointing 0-0 draw with Estonia, coming off after 63 minutes to be replaced by Cardiff City's Mark Harris.

Kristoffer Klaesson. Pic: Getty

Ilan Meslier

The Whites shot-stopper kept a clean sheet as France beat North Macedonia 3-0 in Le Mans.

Meslier couldn't repeat the feat in France Under-21s' qualifiying match with the Faroe Islands, which turned out to be a game to forget for the young keeper. With his team comfortably ahead, Meslier made a fatal distribution error which allowed the struggling Faroe Islands to play the ball into an open net, causing France's dominant performance to end with a 1-1 draw.

Alfie McCalmont

McCalmont impressed on his first senior start for Northern Ireland, playing 90 minutes for his country in a 1-0 win over Estonia.

The 21-year-old, who was initially called up to play with the Under-21s before receiving a text to say he was joining up with Ian Barraclough's senior side, sat on the bench as Northern Ireland hosted Switzerland for a Group C tie which ended goalless.

Ilan Meslier. Pic: Getty

Charlie Cresswell

Cresswell missed out on international action after England Under 21s' fixture against Romania U21 was called off after two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the young lions' camp. The Whites Under-23s skipper then watched from the bench as England beat Kosovo U21s 2-0.

Lewis Bate

Bate played a full 90 minutes against Romania Under-20s on Monday, helping his team to a 6-1 friendly victory.

Cody Drameh

Drameh played 63 minutes of England Under-20s 6-1 win against Romania U20s before making way for Swindon Town's Kaine Kesler-Hayden.

Joe Gelhardt

Gelhardt replaced Aston Villa's Jaden Philogene-Bidace after just 13 minutes at St. George's Park on Monday. The 19-year-old striker bagged a second half brace on his Under-20s debut and even wore the armband at the close of the match after starting skipper Nathan Wood came off on the hour.

Sam Greenwood

Greenwood enjoyed 73 minutes of England Under-20s 6-1 trouncing of Romania U20s, making way for Derby County's Louie Sibley before he could add to his team's impressive goal tally.

Mateusz Bogusz

Bogusz played 90 minutes for his country in Poland Under 21s' 2-0 victory over Latvia U21s, before being substituted off in injury time. The 20-year-old midfielder started against Israel U21s before being subbed in the final ten minutes as his side fell to a 2-1 defeat.

Kristoffer Klaesson

The Whites' reserve keeper played a full game between the sticks for Norway Under 21s. Klaesson conceded a goal to Austria U21s after 13 minutes before Norway won 3-1, with the 20-year-old booked in the final ten minutes for time-wasting.

Klaesson then travelled to the Parnu Kalevi Stadium where he kept a clean sheet in his team's 5-0 victory over Estonia U21s.

Leo Hjelde

Norway Under 18s were held to a draw at home to Denmark U18s. The visitors beat Norway 6-5 on penalties.

Scott Godden

The young left-back played 90 minutes for his country in two consecutive friendlies between Scotland Under 17s and Wales U17s. His country remained undefeated in the double-header as Scotland built on a 1-1 draw to win the second match 4-3.

Darryl Ombang

The 16-year-old keeper kept a clean sheet in on his England debut as the Lions Under 17s' claimed a 2-0 victory over Romania U17s. Ombang was benched for his team's 2-1 win over Portugal and 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands.

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Joe Gelhardt. Pic: Getty