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Liverpool Internationals: Lallana, Can Feature in World Cup Qualifying

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Both Reds put in a full shift for their respective national sides

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Scotland v England - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

It’s been a busy summer holiday so far for Liverpool’s internationals.

As mentioned previously, on Friday Reds midfielder Gini Wijnaldum featured for The Netherland and scored in their 5-0 romp over Luxembourg in World Cup Qualifying. Three Liverpool players— Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, and Ragnar Klavan— also featured in Belgium’s 2-0 win over Estonia (Klavan for Estonia, Migs and Origi for Belgium). Philippe Coutinho was also given a nod for Brazil in their 1-0 loss to Argentina in a friendly.

On Saturday, more Liverpool players lined up for their national teams. Adam Lallana was named to the Starting XI for England in their crucial World Cup Qualifier against Scotland. The Reds attacker played the full 90 minutes and proved himself a threat throughout. He nearly earned an assist after setting up team captain Harry Kane, but the Tottenham striker couldn’t finish. Later in the game, Lallana almost got a goal himself, cracking off a shot after a trademark clever turn and forcing Scotland keeper Craig Gordon into a last-ditch save.

Ultimately, the clash between these two historic rivals ended in a 2-2 draw, with three goals coming in the last six minutes and England finding themselves lucky to escape with a point.

Later in the day, Emre Can was handed a start in Germany’s WCQ tie against San Marino. Can proved himself a calm and authoritative on the ball, playing all 90 minutes and lending a stabilizing presence in the central of the park. He failed to produce any solid looks at goal but he was nonetheless indispensable in Germany’s 7-0 rout over their visitors.