TIME TO SHINE Ten players set for their international debuts like Mount and Guendouzi
Sept. 06, 2019
THIS weekend sees the first international fixtures of the 2019-20 season.
It's a chance for youngsters who impressed last season and have continued their form into the beginning of the new season.
Here are ten future stars who could potentially make their international debuts this weekend.
Mason Mount (England)
The 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder has made a flying start to the new campaign.
Two goals in five games have seen the attacking midfielder continue his blistering form from last season.
He starred in Frank Lampard's Derby County team, reaching the Championship play off final.
Lampard is now trusting Mount to make the step up to the Chelsea first team and has impressed Gareth Southgate in doing so.
Mount made the England squad last October, but didn't play against Spain or Croatia.
This time round, Mount is being tipped to make his Three Lions debut.
James Maddison (England)
Another English talent, Leicester City's James Maddison could join Mount in Gareth Southgate's midfield.
The 22-year-old has already notched two assists this season and will be a key man in Brendan Rodgers' push to break into the top six.
Former Norwich man Maddison signed for Leicester last year in a £22.5 million deal.
In his first season in the Premier League, Maddison scored seven and assisted seven, including three free kicks.
England play Bulgaria and Kosovo in Euro 2020 qualifiers, looking to keep their winning record intact.
Matteo Guendouzi (France)
An injured Paul Pogba opened the door for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to be called up to the French squad for the first time.
The 20-year-old chose Les Bleus after being approached by the Moroccan team two years ago.
Guendouzi is highly rated by Arsenal manager Unai Emery after joining in a £7.2m deal from Lorient in the summer of 2018.
The midfielder played 33 times for the Gunners in the Premier League last season.
An inspired performance in last weekend's North London derby could see him make his France bow against Albania or Andorra.
Pablo Sarabia (Spain)
At 27 years old and no Spain cap yet, Sarabia had a breakout season last campaign for Sevilla.
He bagged 23 times and provided 17 assists in the 2018-19 season.
The midfielder captained Spain's U19 side to win the 2011 European Championships but is still waiting for his first senior cap.
Sarabia's form earned a move to French champions PSG this summer for £16.2 million.
Spain face Romania and the Faroe Islands in Group F Euro 2020 qualifying games.
Diogo Jota (Portugal)
The Wolves wide man was called up to Portugal's Nations League winning side in the summer of 2019 but failed to play.
The 22-year-old starred for newly promoted Wolves last season, helping them finish seventh.
Jota contributed nine goals and five assists to Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves in the premier league last season.
Wolves also reached the FA cup semi final, losing 3-2 to Watford after extra time.
His form could see him make his first appearance in Portugal's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Serbia and Lithuania this weekend.
Willy Boly (Ivory Coast)
Another impressive performer in the Wolves side is Ivorian Willy Boly.
The imposing six foot five centre back is yet to make a national team appearance at 28 years old, but an injury to Eric Bailly means a debut for Boly may be in line.
Boly was a rock at the back for Wolves last season and also contributed four goals in the Premier League.
Boly is likely to feature as the Ivory Coast take on Benin and Tunisia.
Liam Cooper (Scotland)
Also at 28 years old without an international cap, Cooper could play for Scotland for the first time against Russia or Belgium.
The Leeds United club captain has been called up to the squad by Steve Clarke after leading Leeds to the Championship play off semi final last season.
Cooper has also made a strong start to this season, Leeds lie in third and have conceded three, the least out of any team in the league.
Jonathan Ikone (France)
France's attacking depth is obvious but winger Jonathan Ikone could make his international debut this weekend.
the 21-year-old helped Lille to a second place finish in Ligue 1 last season, playing with Arsenal new boy Nicolas Pepe.
Ikone was born in the same Parisian suburb as superstar Kylian Mbappe and is looking to break into the world cup holders' first team.
Nine assists last term has been rewarded by Didier Deschamps calling him up to the squad to replace the injured Mbappe.
Leondro Trossard (Belgium)
Brighton new boy Leandro Trossard's start to the season has awarded him a Belgium call up.
Trossard has impressed boss Roberto Martinez after his £18 million switch from Genk.
The versatile left winger has already scored this season, notching in a 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Trossard could make his debut in qualifiers against San Marino or Scotland.
Vinicius Junior (Brazil)
At just 19 years old samba star Vinicius Junior is already playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Signed from Brazilian side Flamengo in 2018 for £40.5 milliom, Junior has scored two goals in 21 appearances for Los Blancos.
The dangerous left winger has big boots to fill after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, but the highly rated youngster could make his Brazil debut against Colombia or Peru.
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