Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri each had eventful outings for their countries on Saturday – with both involved in 6-0 victories.
Salah’s Egypt hosted Niger in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Borg El Arab and the Liverpool No.11 was a key figure throughout the game, scoring two and making two.
He bounced back from an early penalty miss to create the opening goal for the Pharaohs and extended their lead to three when a second spot-kick was saved but he converted the rebound.
Having also provided an assist for the fourth goal, Salah notched again with a near-post header late on as Egypt eased to a comfortable win in Group J.
The 26-year-old is now the third-highest goalscorer in his country’s history with 39.
Shaqiri marked an influential performance by scoring one of Switzerland’s six unanswered goals against Iceland in an emphatic start to their Nations League campaign.
The Liverpool No.23, who played the full 90 minutes in St Gallen, found the net early in the second half with a powerful free-kick whipped into the net from the right flank.
Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson started for England in their Nations League tie against Spain, which they lost 2-1 at Wembley. Trent Alexander-Arnold was an unused substitute.