Derby County’s Krystian Bielik grasped the opportunity to impress for Poland on Saturday as he looks to further establish himself on the international stage ahead of the 2020 European Championships.
Poland qualified from Group G in October ahead of their final two games of the qualification stage and will be in December’s draw for the competition.
Bielik’s international debut came against Slovenia back in September as he was introduced as a second half substitute, whilst his first international start came a few days later against Austria.
With qualification secured last month, Bielik started in Poland’s 2-1 win away to Israel on Saturday evening and he played the full 90 minutes as he produced an assured display in the middle of the park.
The midfielder, who can also operate at centre half, has been in impressive form for the Rams so far this season after signing from Arsenal in the summer and is hoping he can take that on to the international stage as he looks to impress Poland boss Jerzy Brzęczek ahead of the finals.
Elsewhere, three other Derby County players on international duty had a watching brief on Saturday.
Graeme Shinnie was an unused substitute for Scotland as they claimed a 2-1 victory away to Cyprus in their 2020 European Championships Group I qualifier.
The win for Steve Clarke’s side moved them up to third place, behind runaway pacesetters Belgium and Russia.
While Scotland can no longer qualify for Euro 2020 through the group stages, they have a play-off in March following their impressive recent Nations League showing.
Lee Buchanan was an unused substitute for England’s Under-19s as they defeated North Macedonia 5-0 in their latest 2020 UEFA European Under-19 Championship Qualifying Group 11 match.
The Young Lions have started their qualification campaign impressively with two wins from two matches.
Youngster Festy Ebosele also watched on from the bench as the Republic of Ireland’s Under-19s hammered their counterparts from Gibraltar 13-0 in Group 10 of the same qualification campaign.
The win for Ireland was their first of their qualification campaign, after losing to Switzerland earlier in the week.
Tom Lawrence, meanwhile, is no longer part of the Wales national squad and has returned to Derby after pulling out of the Welsh camp last week owing to illness.