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1617 burnley steven defour 01 100x500Jeff Hendrick flew in from international duty for Ireland to sign for the Clarets two days ago and immediately flew back to play for the Republic of Ireland in their friendly against Oman.

It was his first cap as a Burnley player and he became the third player to represent the Republic while a Claret, following in the footsteps of Keith Treacy and Stephen Ward. Both he and Ward came on at half time; Hendrick replaced one time Burnley target Glenn Whelan while Ward came on for Robbie Brady.

Hendrick became Burnley’s 73rd full international but it didn’t take long for that total to go up to 74. It came last night when Steven Defour made a return to the Belgian squad, winning his 45th cap as a late substitute in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly defeat against Spain at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels. While Manchester City midfielder David Silva scored both goals, it was another midfielder from the same club who Defour replaced, coming on for Kevin de Bruyne on 87 minutes.

And 74 could soon be 75 with Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the Iceland squad for their World Cup qualifier this Monday against Ukraine. While Defour was the first Burnley player to represent Belgium, Gudmundsson would be following in the footsteps of Joey Gudjonsson who made four of his 34 appearances for them during his time at Burnley.

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