Top 10 players who could make their debut in September international break
Pascal Gross at 32 could finally earn his first cap
The summer transfer window is over and the season has now been halted. We have the September International break upon us. A mix of qualifying games for Euro 2024 and World Cup 2026 will be contested. But notably, there’s the player side of emotions as well.
Many players are likely to garner their first-ever competitive outing for their respective International teams on a senior level. Let’s have a look at the top 10 players who could make their debut for nations in the September international break:
10. Alan Velasco (Argentina)
On the night of August 6, the Argentine finally found his feet and shined bright. Alan Velasco has been around the Argentina camp from the Under 15s and later the Under 17 FIFA World Cup in 2019. But against the Lionel Messi‘s Inter Miami, it was Velascao who finally found his feet. The FC Dallas versatile playmaker and winger’s performance was brilliant and probably helped him earn the call for Argentina’s International squad for the September break. We might see him in action against Ecuador on September 9.
9. Levi Colwill (England)
The Chelsea defender has been making waves since his excellent performances in the Under-21s’ European Championship. This is his first-ever call-up for the England national football team and could even earn him his first cap easily under coach Gareth Southgate. The Three Lions are set to face Ukraine and Scotland in this September International break.
8. Elliot Anderson (Scotland)
The Newcastle United midfielder has represented both Scotland and England during his youth tenure. But for his senior career, he has decided to wear Scotland’s kit. As his nation is set to face England and Cyprus during this break, we might finally see Elliot Anderson get his first cap on the international stage. Against England, it will be the 150th anniversary of rivalry between these two nations while against Cyprus it will be about the Euro 2024 qualifiers. Anderson has risen through the youth ranks of Newcastle.
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7. Benjamin Cremaschi (USMNT)
Another player who can pick between two nations of choice and offering is Benjamin Cremaschi. From a choice of Argentina and the United States National Football team, the player went with the latter. Cremaschi will surely be happy with Lionel Messi’s arrival at his club Inter Miami.
In just July 2021, the central midfielder shifted from Weston Academy to join Miami Academy. Furthermore, the first team came calling in November of last year. In the 2023 Major League Soccer season, the Miami-born player has played 21 games scoring a goal while also providing four assists altogether.
6. Gabriel Magalhaes (Brazil)
Brazil’s Olympic squad back in 2021 had the name Gabriel Magalhaes on the roster. But due to an untimely injury, the centre-back was forced to withdraw his participation forwards. And now the Arsenal player has finally been called once again. At 25 and with a lot of experience of holding off the attackers at club level, Magalhaes will be looking to use it at the International stages for Brazil‘s national football team as well.
5. Pascal Gross (Germany)
Another such case of a player being called to play his first cap is Pascal Gross. Gross is a 32-year-old central midfielder for Brighton & Hove Albion at the club level. Brighton plays in the Premier League and will be participating in Europe as well. Given they had finished in sixth spot last season, it earned them the Europa League group stage berth. In 523 appearances, the playmaker has 94 assists and 87 goal contributions at club level.
4. Lamine Yamal (Spain)
Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta was seen appreciating the 16-year-old and called him ‘something special’. The wonder kid Lamine Yamal is a La Masia product and has been included three times out of four in FC Barcelona‘s starting lineup in the 2023-24 LaLiga season by now. And further, his two assists speak volumes about his game and precision.
3. Lucas Beltran (Argentina)
The 22-year-old centre-forward has received his call-up and will be eager to represent his country Argentina. Lionel Messi and co will take on Ecuador and Bolivia in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Lucas Beltran to showcase his talent on the international stage as well. After coming through the ranks of River Plater, Beltran finally entered Europe after Fiorentina came calling in the summer. The Serie A side paid €20 million for him in transfers. Last season he had scored 16 goals in 35 games in all competitions.
2. Guglielmo Vicario (Italy)
With the start of the Premier League in the 2023-24 season, Tottenham Hotspur has changed drastically. No longer do we see Harry Kane at the helm leading the attacking line. And even Hugo Lloris is not the main man in between the sticks. New signing Guglielmo Vicario has handled the responsibilities of Lloris quite well.
In four Premier League games for Spurs, the 26-year-old Italian keeper has kept two clean sheets while only conceding four goals overall. He will surely give Gianluigi Donnarumma and Alex Meret competition to get his first cap for Italy either against North Macedonia or Ukraine in the September break.
1. Eddie Nketiah (England)
Just 5 days ago, the Arsenal striker took to the social media site X (formerly Twitter) to express his joy and happiness for getting called up to England‘s national team. Although Eddie Nketiah has represented England in the other ranks quite a few times, this is his first call for the senior side.
The centre-forward has been impressing under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. In the ongoing Premier League, Nketiah has racked in two goals in four games. He has started three out of the four games.
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