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1617 burnley steven defour 01 100x500It’s only taken just over a week at Burnley and one appearance against Liverpool for Steven Defour to get his place back in the Belgian squad for the forthcoming internationals against Spain and Cyprus.

Burnley’s new midfielder has won 46 caps for his country but he’s not played for Belgium since a 1-1 away draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina in October 2014 in Zenica when he played the first 78 minutes before being replaced by Marouaine Fellaini.

It’s a new era for Belgian football. Former Swansea, Wigan and Everton manager Roberto Martinez recently took over from Marc Wilmots as head coach and today he sprung a major surprise with the appointment of Thierry Henry, who had been forced out of Arsenal because of his Sky Sports contract, to his coaching team which also includes Graeme Jones, once a managerial target for Burnley.

Defour will be looking to cement his place back in the Belgian side. They face Spain in a home friendly at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Thursday 1st September before kicking off their World Cup qualifiers against Cyprus in Nicosia on Tuesday 6th September

The full squad

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
Matz Sels (Newcastle)

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
Christian Kabasele (Watford)
Nikolas Lombaerts (Zenit St-Petersburg)
Jordan Lukaku (Lazio)
Thomas Meunier (Paris St. Germain)
Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona)
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Steve Defour (Burnley)
Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham)
Marouaine Fellaini (Manchester United)
Radja Nainggolan (Roma)
Axel Witsel (Zenit St-Petersburg)

Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)
Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Torgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Dries Mertens Napoli)
Kevin Mirallas (Everton)
Divock Origi (Liverpool)

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