Full England debut for James, Thiago Silva’s winning return as Brazil captain

Olivier Giroud came on for Antoine Griezmann late on in France’s 2-1 win over Croatia. Griezmann had opened the scoring early on but Croatia equalised in the second half, after Mateo Kovacic had come on at half-time. After the French had again taken the lead, Kovacic was close to getting a second equaliser, but his long-range shot was saved by Hugo Lloris with five minutes left.

Ethan Ampadu, on loan at Sheffield United, helped Wales to a dramatic victory away at Bulgaria. He played the whole game as the Welsh had to stay patient, before getting the only goal of the game with five minutes left.

In the early kick-off in Europe, English-born forward Armando Broja, currently playing his club football on loan with Vitesse Arnhem, made his second international start for Albania.

His first came three days earlier in a 0-0 draw with Kazakhstan and this one away at Lithuania also ended goalless, despite Albania dominating the game, with Broja playing the first hour.

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