England’s fixtures against Iceland and Denmark may have provided a dreary backdrop for the Nations League matches this week.
But despite fairly uninspiring performances from Gareth Southgate‘s men, there were plenty of other talking points that will excite club hierarchies ahead of the new season.
Here, Sportsmail run you through what we learned from the last two rounds of international fixtures.
Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the stars once again of the latest rounds of the Nations League
Camavinga proves worth in 30-minute cameo
Not since the first year of World War I had a player made his senior France debut at a younger age than Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga did on Tuesday night.
The teenager became France’s third-youngest debutant when he came on the pitch in France’s 4-2 Nations League win over Croatia, replacing N’Golo Kante to make his international debut at the age of 17 years and 303 days.
He is therefore only surpassed by Julien Verbrugghe, aged 16 years and 10 months in 1906 and Maurice Gastiger, at 17 years and 4 months in 1914, and demonstrated in his 30-minute cameo just what an asset he will be for Didier Deschamps.
Eduardo Camavinga became France’s youngest debutant since 1914 against Croatia
His drive pushed the team on as legs began to tire, while his technical ability and overall impact in midfield was something to behold.
Dayot Upamecano and Olivier Giroud then found the goals to seal a six-goal thriller in a repeat scoreline of the 2018 World Cup final in Russia.
But while Camavinga did not feature in France’s win in Sweden, he only needed half an hour at the Stade de France to dazzle and show off his incredible potential.
Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid hold an interest in the player as they attempt to add to the French contingent in Madrid, and on this showing he would add an abundance of dynamism to an ageing midfield.
Fati a lynchpin in Luis Enrique’s Spain side
It appears that speaking about records broken by emerging talents cannot be complete without mentioning Ansu Fati right now.
Barcelona forward Fati broke a 95-year national record on Sunday to become Spain’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 311 days in their 4-0 win against Ukraine.
He curled home a fine 20-yard shot off the post on his first senior start for his country and made more history after a fine club season that saw him shatter other scoring records.
Barcelona’s Ansu Fati became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer after scoring against Ukraine
Fati is also the youngest ever goalscorer in Champions League history and the Catalan giants’s youngest scorer in LaLiga, and has added more energy to the wide areas for Luis Enrique, which he showed by winning the penalty converted by Sergio Ramos.
While fellow Barcelona star Lionel Messi appeared dismal and rather dejected on his return to training on Monday, Fati will be bouncing off the walls in delight given his latest exploits on the international stage.
Fati can therefore be the…