Internationals: Villans in action


John McGinn

John McGinn and Ezri Konsa got minutes under their belts for Scotland and England respectively on Friday night in their final pre-tournament fixtures ahead of Euro 2024.

Aston Villa skipper McGinn started for Scotland and completed 90 minutes as they were held 2-2 by Finland having conceded a late leveller at Hampden Park.

The Tartan Army will now turn their attention towards next Friday’s European Championship opener against hosts Germany.

Konsa was introduced as a half-time substitute in England’s 1-0 defeat to Iceland at Wembley.

The Villa defender stepped off the bench at the break, with the Three Lions having fallen behind early on in their final warm-up match.

Ezri Konsa

Villa team-mate Ollie Watkins remained at unused substitute for England, who open their tournament against Serbia next Sunday.

Elsewhere on Friday, Villa youngster Ben Chrisene started for England’s Elite League Squad as they recorded a 2-1 victory over Sweden.

Chrisene, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, completed 55 minutes of the triumph in Croatia.

On Thursday, Joe Gauci started for Australia and kept a clean sheet in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying triumph over Bangladesh.

The Villa goalkeeper helped wrap up a fifth win and fifth clean sheet from their second round World Cup qualifiers to date.

The Socceroos, who have already secured their spot in the third round, are next in action against Palestine on Tuesday as they wrap up their Group I campaign.

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