Walter Kannemann was very nearly the villain for Argentina this week.

Juan Foyth had been pencilled in to start the country’s match against Mexico but was involved in a collision with his teammate in training. The Tottenham defender received a blow to the face which left him requiring six stitches, and putting his starting place in doubt.

Despite the worries, Foyth began the match against Mexico, and Argentina’s TyC Sports say he was ‘the best player on the pitch’.

There’s often choppy waters around the country’s national team, but Foyth is finding things different and after the 2-0 victory over Mexico, he said: “It’s always very nice to represent the national team, it’s very enjoyable and I’m happy with the result. There is a nice climate and we are happy. The team did a great job and now to enjoy.”

AS go on to quote him calming any fears about his injury: “It was a collision with a teammate, they gave me some stitches, but I’m fine.”

Tottenham had to put up a fight to sign the player from Estudiantes. PSG had been keen, and on more than one occasion there were claims in France that a deal was all agreed.

In Argentina, they had it differently. With Estudiantes’ local newspaper El Dia repeatedly saying Foyth had been convinced by Mauricio Pochettino and decided Tottenham was the transfer he wanted.