AC Milan sent out 14 players on international duty over the past two weeks and the players did their national teams proud. We had debuts, goals, assists, injuries and captaincies. Alexis Saelemaekers and Sandro Tonali were by far the stand out performers in the break.
Mike Maignan - France
On the bench for all the games as Hugo Lloris remains the go-to keeper for Deschamps.
Theo Hernandez - France
The left back made his senior national team debut for France against Finland and played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory. The defender played as a wing back in a 3-4-1-2 and was a potent threat down the wing as expected.
Simon Kjaer - Denmark
Kjaer played two of the three games in a 2-0 win over Scotland and a 5-0 win over Israel where he scored the second goal of the game. The defender continues to wear the captain’s armband and lead his side to some impressive victories in the qualifiers.
Fode Ballo-Toure - Senegal
Ballo-Toure played both games, coming off the bench in the first win against Togo 2-0 and starting in the second win over Congo 3-1.
Rade Krunic - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Krunic had an unfortunate break as he picked up an injury before any of the games and thus did not play. He reassured Milan fans that the injury was minor but it remains to be seen when he returns.
Alexis Saelemaekers - Belgium
Saelemaekers had a banging international break. He has made himself more of a fixture in Roberto Martinez’s side and scored a worldie with ease following a good move with Hazard and Lukaku. This is his first national team goal and came in a 3-0 win over Czech Republic. He started against Estonia too in a 5-2 win and against Belarus in a 1-0 win.
Ismael Bennacer - Algeria
Bennacer started in the 8-0 win over Liberia and was instrumental in running the midfield of his side. He also hit the post in this game. He played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Brukina Faso as well.
Alessandro Florenzi - Italy
Florenzi started in one out of the three games in a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.
Davide Calabria - Italy
Calabria was on the bench for the first two games but played coming off the bench in the 5-0 win over Lithuania.
Pierre Kalulu - France U21
Pierre Kalulu nets on international duty for France U21 with an ice cold finish pic.twitter.com/fapRp00AMa— SempreMilan (@SempreMilanCom) September 2, 2021
Kalulu showed insane composure scoring an unbelievable lob against North Macedonia in a 3-0 win. He started both games and played 180 minutes in total with one win and one draw.
Alessandro Plizzari - Italy U21
He was an unused sub in both qualifying games.
Sandro Tonali - Italy U21
️ Sandro Tonali against Luxembourg, two assists pic.twitter.com/PqJr0lYuKA— Milan Posts (@MilanPosts) September 3, 2021
A strong display from Tonali who was handed the captain’s armband for the U21. He played both games as Italy came away with two wins. In the first game, he provided two assists and another which was ruled an own goal. They beat Luxembourg 3-0 and Montenegro 1-0.
Daniel Maldini - Italy U20
Maldini featured at the U20 Elite League where he started one game and came off the bench in another as his side won one and lost one.
Lorenzo Colombo - Italy U21
Lorenzo Colombo scores for Italy U21s!pic.twitter.com/s027ZCRguh— SempreMilan (@SempreMilanCom) September 7, 2021
A bonus one here. Our young striker Colombo who is on loan at SPAL scored the winner for Italy’s U21 side against Montenegro as he begins to show his potential.