After a hectic club schedule for Colossal’s talents, international affairs have been on the agenda for our stars over the past fortnight in representing their respective national sides.
There were both positives and negatives in Raheem’s travels to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, with England on the verge of qualifying for next year’s European Championships.
Slovakia are in a more delicately poised position in progressing to Euro 2020, with Albert featuring in a feisty battle with 2016 semi-finalists Wales.
All will be revealed in this month’s international round-up:
Total Minutes Played (Normal Time): 343
Total Appearances: 4
• Raheem featured in both the 2-1 loss to Czech Republic and 6-0 thumping of Bulgaria
• Raheem involved in 13 goals during Euro 2020 qualifiers (eight goals and five assists)
• England need just a point from remaining fixtures against Montenegro and Kosovo
With England on the cusp of another European Championship campaign, Raheem was called upon once again to deliver the goods for his national team.
Despite the set-back in the 2-1 away defeat to Czech Republic, in which Raheem won the Three Lions a penalty for the opener, the 24-year-old and his teammates responded in an exemplary manner.
Under difficult circumstances, Raheem was tremendous, as the forward scored twice and assisted once in the 6-0 thrashing, picking up the Man of the Match award along the way.
• Albert completed 90 minutes of 1-1 home draw in Euro 2020 qualifier against Wales
• The Slovakian international wasn’t involved for Paraguay friendly, also finishing 1-1
• Slovakia third behind Hungary and leaders Croatia in Group E with a game in hand
10-men Slovakia came away with a point in their sole Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Wales with Albert contributing to a well-earned draw in playing through the whole match.
Sitting two points behind second-placed Hungary and four points behind group frontrunners Croatia, Slovakia still have every chance of advancing to next year’s tournament, especially having a game in hand.
After returning to America for the first-round of the MLS play-offs with Real Salt Lake hosting the Portland Timbers on Sunday, these are exciting times for Albert in representing both his club and country.
Coniah Boyce-Clarke & Jadan Raymond
• Coniah played the entirety of England U17s 2-1 defeat to Germany in Spain
• Coniah was an unused sub for England’s other two games vs Germany and Spain
• Fellow Colossal talent Jadan Raymond had to withdraw from the squad due to injury
After the success of lifting the Syrenka Cup with England U17s in September, Coniah and Jadan were picked in the squad once again for three fixtures in Spain.
With head coach Kevin Betsy rotating the squad, goalkeeper Coniah started in one of those matches at the Pinatar Arena, which came in a 2-1 defeat to Germany.
Meanwhile despite being selected, Jadan, who turned 16 on Tuesday, could sadly play no part in any of the games after suffering an injury in the build-up to the international break.