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Sergio Ramos not slowing down, Giroud main man for France: 7 things we learned from Euro 2020


We’ve had several days of international games, with a few shocks, lots of goals, and plenty of action to digest. 

England fell to defeat against Czech Republic as their defensive woes continued, while Scotland overcame San Marino 6-0 on a rainy night, and Wales fought for a 1-1 draw with World Cup finalists Croatia.

Here, Sportsmail runs you through the things we’ve learned over the international break so far. 

England fell to a shock defeat in their Euro 2020 qualifier, and something will have to change

Jorginho is spot-on 

For club and country, Jorginho has scored 15 of 16 penalties (not including shootouts), a conversion rate of 94 per cent. His one miss came against Manchester City last season in the Carabao Cup final.

The Chelsea and Italy man is almost perfect from 12 yards out, and added the latest penalty to his tally in Italy’s 2-0 win over Greece in their Group J qualifier on Saturday.

The Italians have won all of their games, and have a nine-point lead over Finland at the top of their group, qualifying them for Euro 2020 with games to spare.

Having scored just once from open play for Chelsea, boss Frank Lampard will be hoping Jorginho can become more prolific away from the penalty spot for his club.

Jorginho is deadly from the penalty spot, scoring his 15th penalty from 16 attempts

Jorginho is deadly from the penalty spot, scoring his 15th penalty from 16 attempts

Giroud’s still the main man for France 

He might have fallen out of favour with Lampard for a regular spot in the Chelsea team, but Didier Deschamps has kept the faith in Olivier Giroud for his national team.

The France striker was on target from the penalty spot against Iceland in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday to improve on his good goal scoring record for his country.

That was his fourth goal in the seven qualifying matches so far, as the world champions look well on track to qualifying for next summer’s tournament.

Giroud now has a total of 37, putting him only four goals behind Michel Platini, who is second on the all-time scoring list for France. Thierry Henry is top on 51.

Olivier Giroud is third on France's all-time scoring list with 37, four behind Michel Platini

Olivier Giroud is third on France’s all-time scoring list with 37, four behind Michel Platini

England have problems all over their back four 

There has been much discussion about England’s defence in recent weeks, as Gareth Southgate attempts to search for a central defensive partner for Harry Maguire.

He went with Michael Keane against the Czech Republic, and England ended up losing the game 2-1. 

But there are also question marks around the full backs, with Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose getting the nod on Friday – despite their rivals appearing to be in better form at club level.

Will the England boss end up going with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez instead, come next summer? We should get more of an indicator in the trip to Bulgaria on Monday night.

After a 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday, England's defence is under the spotlight

After a 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday, England’s defence is under the spotlight

Don’t expect Sergio Ramos to change any time soon… 

Sergio Ramos became Spain’s most-capped player during their 1-1 draw with Norway in their Saturday night qualifier.

He’s now made 168 appearances, one more than Iker Casillas, and the 33-year-old Real Madrid captain doesn’t show any signs of slowing down yet.

However, he’d probably have even more caps if he didn’t keep getting suspended. Ramos picked up a yellow card against Norway, and will now miss Tuesday’s match against Sweden. Notably, he also holds the La Liga record for red cards with 20. 

Despite this weekend’s disappointing draw, Spain are still five points clear at the top of Group F. 

Sergio Ramos is now the most-capped Spain player of all time, but also picked up a suspension

Sergio Ramos is now the most-capped Spain player of all time, but also picked up a suspension

Wales still reliant on brilliant Bale

Ryan Giggs’ side are still in with a shot of qualification for next year’s European Championship, and if they do get there it’s mainly down to one man.

Gareth Bale scored again on Sunday night as Wales salvaged a draw against World Cup finalists Croatia, and they have two games to go in Group E.

They sit four points behind second-placed Hungary – but still need to play them in their final game, and victory over Azerbaijan next month could take them above Slovakia – if they fall to defeat against Croatia. 

That being said, if the Welsh do manage to get to the 2020 finals, it will be largely down to Bale’s brilliance. Even if he’s not fully appreciated at Real Madrid his importance on the international stage shines through.

Gareth Bale saved Wales again as they salvaged a draw against World Cup finalists Croatia

Gareth Bale saved Wales again as they salvaged a draw against World Cup finalists Croatia

What more can Michy do? 

Michy Batshuayi can count himself unfortunate to have not played more of a part in Chelsea’s season so far. He is yet to start a Premier League game, but was on the scoresheet within five minutes in his last top-flight outing at Southampton

Now, on international duty, he’s scored again for Belgium… taking his international tally to three goals in two games.

After starring on loan at Crystal Palace last season, he will be desperate for more game-time… and after firing in six goals in eight games for club and country so far this season, he surely deserves it – although it will be hard work to outshine Tammy Abraham.

Michy Batshuayi proved himself once more by getting on the scoresheet for Belgium

Michy Batshuayi proved himself once more by getting on the scoresheet for Belgium

Goals galore for Lewandowksi – again!

Robert Lewandowski is by far and away the most prolific Polish goalscorer of all-time. He netted a hat-trick against Latvia in their 3-0 win on Thursday, taking his total up to 60 from 110 games.

Poland look well on target to qualify for Euro 2020, three points clear at the top of Group G.  

Lewandowski is on fire in the Bundesliga as usual as well this season. He’s scored an incredible 11 goals in just seven matches in the league, and has three goals from two games in the Champions League.

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick against Latvia, taking his tally for Poland up to 60

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick against Latvia, taking his tally for Poland up to 60

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