Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko both featured for France as Les Bleus topped Group A with a 2-1 home win over Belarus. Goalkeeper and skipper Hugo played the full 90 minutes while midfielder Moussa stepped off the bench for Antoine Griezmann with 12 minutes left.
That means they’ll advance straight to next summer’s tournament finals, as will defender Davinson Sanchez (pictured, below), who put in a full shift for Colombia to help them draw 1-1 in Peru in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday). They go through in the fourth of four qualification places in the South American bracket.
On-loan Vincent Janssen, meanwhile, played the first half for the Netherlands as their faint hopes of qualification from European Group A slipped away with a 2-0 home win over Sweden. The Dutch needed to overturn a large goal difference to have any hopes of reaching next month’s play-offs.
In Brussels, it was party time for Jan Vertonghen as he became the most-capped Belgian player of all time with his 97th appearance in a 4-0 victory over Cyprus. The Red Devils had long since secured their place on the plane to Russia as winners of Group H, leaving the way clear for the nation to celebrate Jan’s marvellous achievement. The defender, presented with a framed ‘Vertonghen 97’ shirt by previous record-holder Jan Ceulemans before the game, wore the captain’s armband and played the full match along with Toby Alderweireld, keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Elsewhere, Heung-Min Son scored from the spot as South Korea lost 3-1 to Morocco in a friendly in Switzerland. Sonny played 80 minutes before being withdrawn.
Full-back Kyle Walker-Peters supplied the assist as England Under-21s won 1-0 in Andorra in European Under-21 Championship qualifying while young midfielder Jack Roles netted a penalty as Cyprus Under-19s won 2-1 at home to Azerbaijan in the Under-19 equivalent.
In addition, Marcus Edwards played an hour as England Under-20s beat Czech Republic 4-0 at St George’s Park.
Tashan Oakley-Boothe and TJ Eyoma remain in India with England Under-17s as they prepare for the second of three group stage matches at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup against Mexico today (12.30pm).