Five players who disappointed during the international break

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotpsur, an Swansea City players feature.

It was a disappointing international break for some Premier League stars who would have been expecting more from themselves.

While some shone on international duty, some were always going to struggle and there were a few underperformers during the break who fans may have been expecting a little bit more from.

Here are five players who missed a chance to impress on international duty.

Olivier Giroud

It was surprising to see Arsenal’s main man not get on the score sheet during either of France’s games considering the form he’s shown this season.

Giroud has scored in every Premier League game for the Gunners so far, which would have created a lot of expectation from French fans.

However, he was not able to get on the score sheet against Georgia or Belarus, but fortunately for Gunners fans, he avoided injury so should be starting against Sunderland this weekend.

Hugo Lloris

Lloris has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season so his mistakes in France’s 4-2 win against Belarus are surprising. He may have gotten away with it had those mistakes not cost France goals.

It may seem strange to pick a player from a winning side but Lloris didn’t live up to the standards he normally sets himself. Fortunately, he has a chance to put things right straight away when Tottenham take on Norwich City.

Jack Wilshere

We certainly didn’t see the very best of the Arsenal midfielder as he played starting roles in both of England’s games during the break.

He was subbed of after an hour against Moldova and was also subbed off during the 0-0 draw against Ukraine.

It was surprising to see Wilshere a little flat, particularly against Ukraine, because he’s been noticeably one of England’s better midfielders in recent internationals.

Kyle Walker

Walker was clearly better in an attacking sense than defensively against Ukraine. He was caught out far too many times in his own defensive third and his timing and decision making looked way off the mark, illustrated perfectly by the free kick he conceded right on the edge of England’s penalty area.

He’s been playing well for Spurs so it’s very surprising but he has to switch back on quickly and work hard to maintain that consistency everyone now expects from him.

Ashley Williams

Williams enjoys a reputation as one of the toughest and most difficult central defenders to play against in the Premier League.

He played just once during the international break, the 2-1 defeat against Macedonia, and he picked up a booking which meant he was suspended for the tougher fixture against Serbia.

It was a disappointing slip in discipline from a player who was so consistent last season, heading into the start of this campaign.

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