With this latest round of international fixtures being played in the second week of October, England tackle a friendly against Wales and a top of the table clash against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League.

So how did the talent from the Merseyside clubs fair in both of these fixtures, representing their country.

It was a rather youthful and inexperienced XI that started against Wales, with the in form Dominic Calver-Lewin given the number 9 shirt in his first England start after his blistering start to the season for the Toffees which has seen him score 9 goals in 6 appearances thus far.

Everton also had Michael Keane start alongside Merseyside rival Joe Gomez, and local lad Conor Coady, in a defensive three for the young lions.

With Wales fielding a rather young team too they still managed to cause both Merseyside centre backs some problems that you would definitely be punished for against better opposition. Michael Keane tended to struggle with the physicality of Wales forward Kieffer Moore before he left the match injured.

However, it was Calvert-Lewin who didn’t find the international lights too bright as he latched onto a wonderful cross from Jack Grealish to head into the Wales goal. Adding to his goal tally for Everton this season.

He brought physicality and held the ball up well giving the likes of Danny Ings and Jack Grealish freedom to make runs and find the space that has been lacking in the past few games for England.

Goals from Coady and Ings saw England run out comfortable 3-0 winners at Wembley. With the upcoming game against Belgium we are sure to see a different three lions team take the field against the red devils.

Changes was something we did see with a much more experienced England team playing against Belgium. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was leading the line once again, with fellow Everton teammate Jordan Pickford taking back the number one jersey in goal. Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold also saw a return to the starting line up.

It was a rather cagey start for England with Romelu Lukaku’s pace and power causing the England defence problems. This led to Eric Dier giving away a penalty which Lukaku despatched.

But England started to grow into the game with 10 minutes left to play in the half and they won a penalty of their own through after Jordan Henderson was fouled in the box, Marcus Rashford tucked the penalty away to level the game at one a piece.

A deflected Mason Mount strike put England 2-1 up after a deep cross from Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold which was then headed to mount who found some luck with his shot.

Calvert-Lewin was subbed off in the 64th minute for Harry Kane, a game in which the striker wasn’t given much service from the England wingers. The Merseyside contingent played their part for England over these two international fixtures with two wins out of two, the second of those wins putting England top of Group 2 in League A.

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