With the 2016/17 season only just in the early stages, we round-up our Stoke City international’s as a large number of our squad featured for their countries this weekend.
It’s been a fantastic few months for Joe Allen. Having won himself a place in the EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament, he has then gone on from there to earn himself a move away from Liverpool to Stoke where he is now constantly playing regular football. Having been Stoke’s standout player so far this season, it was no surprise to see Allen shine on International duty for Wales last night.
Allen scored his first ever goal for Wales, as they managed to defeat Moldova 4-0. Allen won ‘MOTM’ (man of the match) on the night for his magnificent performance. It was a typical Allen-like shift that Stoke fans have become accustom to witnessing, as he covered every single blade of grass as he left the field.
Elsewhere, Marko Arnautovic also shone on international duty, as his assist sealed the game against Georgia as his Austrian side ran out 2-1 winners on the night. Having picked the ball up on the left side, Arnautovic sold his man with a step-over, before delivering a delightful cross with his left foot, straight on to the head of Marc Janko.
Ramadan Sobhi had a night to forget as he saw his 79th minute penalty saved as Egypt drew 1-1 with Guinea. Sobhi also endured further heartbreak, as he thought he had won the game for Egypt, only to see his goal disallowed.
With the arrival of Wilfried Bony, Mame Biram Diouf reminded Mark Hughes of what he has to offer for the team, as he managed to get on the score sheet in a huge win for Senegal as they defeated Nambia 2-0 on the night to secure their AFCON (African Cup of Nations) place.
Staying with the AFCON theme, Wilfried Bony‘s Ivory Coast drew 1-1 with Sierra Leone, meaning that Stoke will also miss Bony, as well as Diouf and Sobhi for the duration of January.
It’s been a handy week for team-mates, Jonathan Walters and Glenn Whelan, as Walters scored twice, and grabbed an assist in Robbie Keane’s farewell game against Oman on Friday, before turning in a wonderful shift last night, as Ireland managed to grab a fantastic point away at Serbia as they drew 2-2. Both Walters and Whelan‘s places are currently under threat, so those two performances would have done them no harm.
The final Stoke City player who featured on international duty was USA’s Geoff Cameron, who played all game for the USMNT as they defeated St Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 on the night. With his place now under threat from the arrival of Bruno Martins Indi, Cameron will be desperate to impress on Wednesday as he is expected to feature again for the USA as they take on Trinidad and Tobago.