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Emerson makes debut in Italy loss; Hudson-Odoi scores for England U19

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Round-up of Thursday’s international action for Chelsea players

Portugal v Italy - UEFA Nations League A
Exciting times for Emerson
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Italy put in a performance not at all dissimilar to the one that saw them draw 1-1 with Poland last week, but this time they didn’t even manage to get a point as they were shut out by Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon on Monday night. The defending European champions didn’t even need Cristiano Ronaldo to beat the inexperienced Azzurri, who now fall to the very bottom of their Nations League group.

Jorginho started and played the full game, and while his numbers were more Jorginho-esque in the center of Mancini’s 4-4-2, he was just about as ineffective as he was in the previous game. Meanwhile, Davide Zappacosta was even more anonymous, on account of not even getting selected for the matchday squad.

On a brighter note, Emerson Palmieri finally made his international debut for Italy as a second-half substitute, and since his 15 minutes came in a competitive fixture, they now tie him to the country for the rest of eternity, as far as FIFA are concerned,

Elsewhere, Tomáš Kalas lasted just the first-half as the Czech Republic were trounced 5-1 by Russia in a friendly, while Michael Hector played the full game as Haiti easily beat Cayman Islands in the CONCACAF Nationsl League (they have one, too!).

And in the younger age groups, Callum Hudson-Odoi got himself on the scoresheet for England U19 — apparently there is no video of this, at least not yet — while, as reported by the Chelsea official website, the likes of Tariq Lamptey and George McEachran (both U19), Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah, and Jay Dasilva (all three U20), and Faustino Anjorin (U18) all featured in youth internationals on Sunday. Anjorin was even the top scorer at the Limoges Tournament, which England U18 won by beating hosts France in the final. Remember the name!