Messi Hat Trick, USA Beats Italy & 10 Things Learned from the Int'l Friendlies

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Messi Hat Trick, USA Beats Italy & 10 Things Learned from the Int'l Friendlies
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In a busy past two days around the footballing world, International friendlies were taking place all over. There were some entertaining matches (England and Holland going to the last minute) and major surprises (Italy losing to the US).

Mostly, these results are meaningless and do not hold much weight other than in the inaccurate FIFA world rankings. But for the managers and fans they are important in seeing where the team is at and where they must get for them to be competitive when the time comes.

Here are 10 things I observed and learned from the games.

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