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Internationals - mixed fortunes in final matches

Posted on 7 September 2016  - 09:37

The final fixtures of the international break involving our players took place on Tuesday night (September 6) and into Wednesday morning, with our Belgian contingent enjoying the most success.

Jan Vertonghen in action for Belgium against CyprusErik Lamela under pressure during Argentina's match against VenezuelaMoussa Sissoko with France team-mate Paul Pogba prior to Les Bleus' clash with Belarus

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen played 90 minutes at centre-half and left-back respectively as the Red Devils secured their first victory under new boss Roberto Martinez, seeing off Cyprus 3-0 away from home in their opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Mousa Dembele was an unused substitute for the Group H contest.

In Group A, Vincent Janssen (pictured, below) put in a solid shift for the Netherlands as they came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 in Sweden while Moussa Sissoko started and played 69 minutes for France as they were held to a goalless draw away at Belarus.

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Elsewhere, Erik Lamela started for Argentina in their 2-2 draw away to Venezuela in the South American bracket of World Cup qualifying. He was substituted half-way through the second period.

With our players having now completed their international fixtures, all focus now turns to Saturday’s return to Premier League action at Stoke City, kick-off 3pm.