Defour kicks off the international week
Steven Defour won his 51st cap for Belgium last night in a friendly against the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena.
He played the first 82 minutes of the game, being replaced by Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans immediately after Yannick Carrasco had scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.
Defour was one of nine English based players in the squad last night and was making his third appearance for Belgium since joining the Clarets, this after not having played for almost two years. He played a few minutes as a substitute against Spain in September and last month was in the team that beat Gibraltar 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier played in Portugal.
He will now be looking forward to Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia in Brussels on Sunday as they look to add to their impressive start which has seen them win all three of their games having won 3-0 in Cyprus and 4-0 at home against Bosnia & Herzegovina prior to the Gibraltar win. That’s 13 goals scored with none conceded.
Before then there could be caps for some of his Burnley team mates and there are high hopes that Michael Keane and Tom Heaton, both of whom are in the England squad, could get some game time. They face Scotland tomorrow before meeting Spain in a friendly next Tuesday. Heaton has one cap so far with Keane, having received just his second call up, hoping to land his first cap.
Three Burnley players could be in action on Saturday in World Cup qualifiers.
Sam Vokes and Wales are at home against Serbia. Although unbeaten so far they’ve won just once. Having beaten Moldova 4-0 in Cardiff they got a creditable 2-2 draw in Austria before drawing 1-1 at home against Georgia.
Stephen Ward is out of the Republic of Ireland squad but Jeff Hendrick is in. In the same group as Wales, they face a trip to Austria having won two and drawn one so far. They followed up a 2-2 draw in Serbia with a 1-0 home win against Georgia and a 3-1 victory in Moldova.
Finally, Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s Iceland are at home to Croatia and then play a friendly in Malta on Tuesday. They opened up their qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw in Ukraine but have since added home wins against Finland (3-2) and Turkey (2-0).Share this page :