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Villarreal internationals: lots of travel, little action

All are now returned to Vila-real and a re preparing for our Sunday match against Athletic Club.

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The rundown of Villarreal players who actually appeared for their national sides is a short one.  Sergio Asenjo, Mateo Musacchio and Cedric Bakambu picked up a lot of frequent flier miles, but no playing time.

Nicola Sansone got into the last few minutes of Italy's 0-0 friendly against Germany, earning his third cap.

The most active players were Antonio Rukavina and Jonathan dos Santos.  Rukavina played all of Serbia's 1-1 draw against Wales, and his cross led to the Serbian equalizer.

Jonathan played all 90 minutes in Mexico's 0-0 draw in Panama.  I did not see the match, but ESPN noted his presence in midfield gave Mexico some creativity they were lacking, and he could be more important than his brother Gio as El Tri move on through the World Cup qualifying.