International round-up: Three young Hammers in action
It proved to be a quiet night for West Ham United’s band of internationals on Tuesday, with all four senior players left on the bench by their respective nations.
Felipe Anderson was among the substitutes for Brazil, who won a friendly 3-1 in Czech Republic through goals from Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, but was not handed an opportunity to impress by manager Tite.
Sticking with the South Americans, Manuel Lanzini was also an unused substitute as Argentina won 1-0 in Morroco in Tangier, where the winning goal was scored by the Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa seven minutes from the end.
And Josh Cullen was not involved as Republic of Ireland made it two UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group D wins out of two with a 1-0 victory over Georgia in Dublin.
At U20 level, Grady Diangana was also an unused replacement as England U20s slipped to a 1-0 friendly defeat by Portugal, for whom Mesaque Dju appeared for the final six minutes in Penafiel. Both countries will head to the FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland in May.
Elsewhere, Kristijan Belic and Serbia’s hopes of reaching the 2019 UEFA European U19 Championship finals were ended by Italy at the Stadio Comunale Euganeo in Padova.
The Serbs needed a big victory to overhaul their Elite Round mini-group hosts but two late goals from Atalanta’s Roberto Piccoli sent them to a 2-0 defeat and the bottom of Group 7, with one point from three matches.
Italy go through to the final tournament in Armenia ahead of Ukraine, who beat third-place Belgium 5-2 on Tuesday.
Sebastian Nebyla was also on the losing side as Slovakia started their UEFA European U17 Championship Elite Round Group 8 qualifiers with a 3-1 defeat by Serbia.
The West Ham United forward will hope for better when the Slovaks face Sweden on Friday and France next Monday, with two victories likely to be needed to top the group and advance to the final tournament in the Republic of Ireland.