International round-up: Barco and Undav make senior debuts

20 Albion players were involved with their countries during the break.

By Charlie Hanson • 29 March 2024

By Paul Hazlewood
Valentin enjoyed a winning start to his senior Argentina career.

Valentin Barco and Deniz Undav made their senior international debuts for Argentina and Germany respectively during the most recent international fixtures.

Senior teams

Simon Adingra played the opening hour of Ivory Coast’s 2-2 draw with Benin, before coming on for the final 30 minutes of their 2-1 win over Uruguay, assisting Guela Doue’s 84th minute winner.

Valentin Barco made his senior Argentina debut in their 3-0 win over El Salvador, while Facundo Buonanotte made his second appearance for his country. The pair were both unused substitutes in Lionel Scaloni’s team’s 3-1 win over Costa Rica.

Tunisia played out two goalless draws during the break against Croatia and New Zealand, with Samy Chouchane unused in both of those matches.

Lewis Dunk came on for the final 25 minutes of England’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil, before starting in their 2-2 draw with Belgium.

Jeremy Sarmiento setup John Yeboah’s opening goal against Guatemala in their 2-0 win, before he started alongside Pervis Estupinan on Sunday in their 2-0 defeat to Italy.

The Republic of Ireland played out a credible goalless draw against Belgium at the Aviva Stadium, although they may have claimed victory had Evan Ferguson’s first half penalty not been saved. The striker also started in Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Switzerland.

Scotland’s preparations for this summer’s Euros didn’t go to plan as their winless run stretched to eight games. Billy Gilmour started in both defeats to The Netherlands and Northern Ireland.

Germany on the other hand appeared to find their groove after defeats to Austria and Turkey in November, as they beat both France and The Netherlands. Deniz Undav made his national team debut as an 80th minute substitute against France, while Pascal Gross won his fifth cap as a substitute against The Netherlands.

Tariq Lamptey and future Albion man Ibrahim Osman were both used as substitutes in both of Ghana’s matches. A chaotic 2-2 draw against Uganda, which saw the Black Stars reduced to nine men, was preceded by a 2-1 defeat to Nigeria, in which the Ghanaians had to play out the final 40 minutes with ten men.

Jakub Moder made his long awaited return to international football in Poland’s 5-1 win over Estonia, before sitting out their win over Wales on penalties to reach this summer’s Euros.

The Netherlands cruised to a 4-0 victory over Scotland, before narrowly losing to Germany. Bart Verbruggen sat out the win over the Scots, but pulled off a number of terrific saves in the defeat to the Germans.


Steven Hall was an unused sub in Australia Under-23s – or the Olyroos - opening match of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) U23 Championship against Iraq, but proved to be the difference in their semi-final victory against Egypt, as he saved two penalties in the shootout after drawing 1-1 in normal time.

The Albion keeper was dropped to the bench for the final, as the Olyroos were beaten on penalties by South Korea.


Yasin Ayari scored his second goal for Sweden Under-21s in their 6-1 win over Cypurs, before playing for 75 minutes in his country’s 2-0 win over Macedonia.

Northern Ireland were beaten 3-0 by Czechia, but responded with a 2-1 away win against Serbia. Ruairi McConville played the full 90 minutes in both matches.

Andrew Moran was involved in three goals as the Republic of Ireland Under-21s secured their biggest win since 2010. The out on loan midfielder scored twice and assisted once in their Euro U21 qualifier 7-0 victory over San Marino. Mark O’Mahony came on for the final 20 minutes.


James Beadle started both of England under-20s’ matches, as they comprehensively beat Poland 5-1, before defeating Czechia 3-1 away.


Noel Atom made his Germany Under-19 debut as a last minute substitute against Croatia in the Germans’ 2-1 defeat, before starting in their 3-2 defeat to Romania and 2-0 win over Turkiye.