Hennessey’s big night
It was a special night for Burnley goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey last night when he captained a much changed Wales team in their 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic in recognition of him winning his one hundredth cap.
That is some incredible achievement for any player and in doing so he became just the third Welshman to reach that total alongside current international team mates Chris Gunter (who played last night) and Gareth Bale, who had a bit of a part to play last Friday when they beat Austria in a World Cup qualifier, who came on as a substitute last night.
Hennessey has been joined by Connor Roberts for these internationals. He played in the first of them but was an unused substitute last night.
For Pope it was an eighth England cap but I think it’s fair to say he didn’t have much to do but this game has taken him within two of the ten England caps John Connelly won whilst a Burnley player and he’s just three short of Bob Kelly who holds our England record with eleven.
On the subject of goalkeepers, Northern Ireland also had a Burnley goalkeeper in their side last night with Bailey Peacock-Farrell resuming duty. He was caught out by a bad back pass that left him stranded and allowed Hungary to score the only goal of the game.
Away from goalkeepers, Nathan Collins won his second cap for the Republic of Ireland last night against Lithuania. It was his first start for his country at full international level having made his debut last October as a substitute against Qatar.
Wout Weghorst was the other Burnley player to be called up but he was an unused substitute for the Netherlands in their friendlies against Denmark and Germany.
But Tuesday, 29th March really was Hennessey’s night. It was in May 2007 that he made his debut in a friendly against New Zealand and cap number 50 came against Cyprus in September 2015. Last night, he received a trophy from his hero Neville Southall whose records of most capped Welsh goalkeeper and most clean sheets have now been taken by Hennessey.Share this page :