Josip Brekalo dribbling with ball in the match against Spain.
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Brekalo makes debut

A round-up of how VfL Wolfsburg’s international stars have fared in recent days.

Josip Brekalo dribbling with ball in the match against Spain.

Congratulations to Josip Brekalo on making his Croatia debut! The Wolves attacker not only made his first full international appearance in Thursday’s 3-2 UEFA Nations League victory against Spain, he also helped set up the winning goal by forcing David de Gea to parry his 93rd-minute shot into the path of Bayer Leverkusen’s Tin Jedvaj, who stroked home the rebound.

Elsewhere, VfL defender John Anthony Brooks was unable to prevent the USA from slipping to a 3-0 defeat to England, while Koen Casteels was an unused substitute in Belgium’s 2-0 win over Iceland. Jakub Blaszczykowski and Gian-Luca Itter were second-half substitutes for Poland and Germany’s Under-21s respectively, while John Yeboah was replaced by VfL team-mate Charles-Jesaja Herrmann in the Under-19s’ defeat to Portugal.

Summary of this week’s internationals involving Wolfsburg players:

Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland): Brought on in 63rd minute
Friendly: Poland 0-1 Czech Republic
Goals: 0-1 Jakub Jankto (52’)

Josip Brekalo (Croatia): Brought on in 73rd minute
UEFA Nations League: Croatia 3-2 Spain
Goals: 1-0 Andrej Kramaric (54’), 1-1 Dani Ceballos (56’), 2-1 Tin Jedvaj (69’), 2-2 Sergio Ramos (pen, 78’), 3-2 Jedvaj (90+3’)

John Anthony Brooks (USA): Played 90 minutes
Friendly: England 3-0 USA
Goals: 1-0 Jesse Lingard (25’), 2-0 Trent Alexander-Arnold (27’), 3-0 Callum Wilson (77’)

Koen Casteels (Belgium): Did not play
UEFA Nations League: Belgium 2-0 Iceland
Goals: 1-0 Michy Batshuayi (65’), 2-0 Batshuayi (81’)

Gian-Luca Itter (Germany U20): Brought on in 76th minute
Elite League: Italy 3-3 Germany
Goals: 1-0 Davide Frattesi (11’), 1-1 Ahmet Gürleyen (36’), 1-2 Yari Otto (38’), 2-2 Gianluca Scamacca (47’), 2-3 Lennart Czyborra (50’), 3-3 Andrea Pinamonti (84’)

John Yeboah (Germany U19): Taken off in 68th minute
Charles-Jesaja Herrmann (Germany U19): Brought on in 68th minute

Four Nations Tournament in Armenia: Germany 0-1 Portugal
Goals: 0-1 Pedro Neto (57’)



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