November International Break Review

Wayne Rooney of England celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the International Friendly match between Scotland and England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Now that the international break is finally over we can turn our attention back to the Premier League and fantasy football. We take a look at which players excelled for their country and which ones will be returning to their club feeling sorry for themselves.

The Hits

Wayne Rooney
PlayON Price: £13.6m
GW11 Points: 850
Somewhat unusually for the forward, Rooney appeared to relish his time in the England camp and even managed to clock a few milestones in process. The 29 year old reached the 100 cap mark in a win against Slovenia and moved within three of Bobby Charlton’s legendary goal tally by the time he left Celtic Park on Tuesday night. With Robin Van Persie similarly on form for the Dutch, the condition of the United frontmen should go some way to mitigating the spate of injuries growing among the squad at Old Trafford. Though the United no.10 has enjoyed a decent start to the campaign, with three goals and two assists, the burden of responsibility will certainly fall heavier on his shoulders in the wake such squad losses. Rooney will need to be at his optimum as United could be under threat from Arsenal in Gameweek 12.

Jose Fonte
PlayON Price: £7.8m
GW11 Points: 1920

Jose Fonte received the kind of international acclaim that Southampton fans have been affording him all along. The 30 year old Portuguese finally made a long awaited debut for his country, thrown in among the sharks against arguably the most potent attack in world football. Replacing Pepe at half time, the centre-half kept the Argentina frontline at bay, allowing his side to snatch a winner at the death. If only a friendly, Fonte’s overdue call up is a just reward for a player who has arguably been the stand out defender in the Premier League this season.

Alexis Sanchez
PlayON Price: £14.4m
GW11 Points: 1550

Sanchez is absolutely scintillating for both club and country in 2014/15. The forward got himself on the scoresheet in both an impressive win over Venezuela and a narrow loss to Uruguay. Arsenal will be hoping the long travel back to North London won’t impinge on his abilities come Saturday, where the Gunners host Manchester United. The Chilean is a joy to behold this season, performing with a confidence and swagger he never quite fulfilled at Barcelona. Truly unleashed on the Premier League, with 8 goals and 2 assists from a variety of starting positions, he will almost certainly have a starring role to play at the Emirates in Gameweek 12.

The Misses

Daley Blind
PlayON Price: £7.5m
GW11 Points: 800

Blind is yet another casualty added to the ever-growing sick bay at Manchester United. Enjoying a successful international break for the Dutch, Blind suffered a cruel knee tear in the first half against Latvia. The 24 year old has been of increasing importance at Old Trafford this season, gradually making the defensive midfield position his own with his astute calmness and composure. With injuries now sustained to Carrick, David De Gea and possibly Di Maria, it’s reaching a minor crisis point for Louis Van Gaal. The prognosis may not be as bad as first feared but he will almost certainly miss out on Saturday. Ander Herrera and Fellaini must now step up to the plate.
Asmir Begovic
PlayON Price: £6.7m
GW11 Points: 600

Begovic will be relieved to return to the warm embrace of Stoke as the support among the Bosnian faithful plummets further. Following the elation of qualification for Brazil 2014 and participation in their first ever tournament, the Bosnians have been in a steady downward spiral. Against Isreal in Haifa, Begovic-not 100% fit- was largely unconvincing, conceding three goals in a rout by the Isrealis. No wins in four is a damning statistic for a side of such aspirations, will Begovic be right for a reinvigorated Burnley this weekend?

Aaron Ramsey
PlayON Price: £11.8m
GW11 Points: 595

The Welshman has had a relatively poor start to the campaign when compared to his meteoric performances this time last year. A onetime PlayON favourite, Ramsey just hasn’t been the same all-around force and the same rings true for his international displays. He came in for some criticism off the back of Wales diligent 0-0 draw with Belgium, looking sluggish and uninspired. Two goals and an assist is a mediocre return for a player who scored six and created four by Gameweek 12 in 2013/14. Still, with a rich history of confounding the critics, the midfielder may just turn in a big performance this weekend.

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