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Internationals - big win for Belgium, Serge ready for action

Posted on 1 September 2017  - 10:16

Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele all featured as Belgium matched their all-time competitive winning margin with a 9-0 home victory over Gibraltar in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying on Thursday night.

Jan Vertonghen on duty for Belgium against Gibraltar on ThursdayHugo in action for France against the Netherlands

Toby and Jan played the full game at the back, while Mousa came on at half-time.

Belgium, who also beat San Marino by nine goals (10-1) in a 2002 World Cup qualifier, are now six points clear at the top of Group H, having scored 33 goals and conceded just twice.

Elsewhere, Hugo Lloris captained France and kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 home win over Vincent Janssen's Netherlands. Vincent played 64 minutes before being withdrawn. France are top of Group A, with the Netherlands in fourth.

New signing Davinson Sanchez was on the bench for Colombia as they battled out a goalless draw away to Venezuela. With five games left in the South American qualifying section, Colombia are second behind Brazil – their opponents on Tuesday. The top four teams head straight to the finals in Russia next year, with the fifth-placed side entering a play-off.

Heung-Min Son played 90 minutes for South Korea in their stalemate with Iran. Sonny went close to breaking the deadlock with a free-kick, but saw his effort saved by the keeper. Iran are unbeaten at the top of Group A in the Asian qualifying section and have set a new World Cup qualifying record of going 1,108 minutes without conceding a goal. Victory against Uzbekistan on Tuesday would rubber-stamp South Korea's progress to Russia. They're second behind Iran in the standings, with the top two going through.

Meanwhile, Marcus Edwards scored a stunning free-kick but later missed a penalty as England Under-20s beat 10-man Netherlands 3-0 in Telford.

Among those in action over the weekend will be new signing Serge Aurier, who is part of the Ivory Coast squad for a World Cup qualifying match in Gabon. Kieran Trippier, meanwhile, yesterday withdrew from the England squad due to injury ahead of tonight’s (Friday 1 September) clash with Malta. Here are the rest of the forthcoming international fixtures involving our players…

Friday 1 September
Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane – England away 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Malta – kick-off 7.45pm
Christian Eriksen – Denmark home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Poland – kick-off 7.45pm
Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters – England Under-21s away European Under-21 Championship qualifier against the Netherlands – kick-off 5pm
Keanan Bennetts, Jaden Brown and Japhet Tanganga – England Under-19s home friendly against Poland – kick-off 2pm
TJ Eyoma, Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Oliver Skipp – England Under-18s home friendly against Brazil
Jonathan De Bie – Belgium Under-18s tournament match against France in France

Saturday 2 September
Serge Aurier – Ivory Coast away 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Gabon – kick-off 5pm
Ben Davies – Wales home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Austria – kick-off 7.45pm

Sunday 3 September
Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen – Belgium away 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Greece – kick-off 7.45pm
Vincent Janssen – Netherlands home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria – kick-off 5pm
Hugo Lloris – France home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg – kick-off 7.45pm
Jack Roles – Cyprus Under-19s away friendly against Northern Ireland
Jonathan De Bie – Belgium Under-18s tournament match against Poland in France

Monday 4 September
Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane – England home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovakia – kick-off 7.45pm
Christian Eriksen – Denmark away 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Armenia – kick-off 5pm
Marcus Edwards – England Under-20s away friendly against Switzerland – kick-off 7pm
TJ Eyoma, Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Oliver Skipp – England Under-18s home friendly against South Africa

Tuesday 5 September
Serge Aurier - Ivory Coast home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Gabon - kick-off 6.30pm
Ben Davies – Wales away 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Moldova – kick-off 7.45pm
Davinson Sanchez – Colombia home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Brazil – kick-off 9.30pm
Heung-Min Son – South Korea away 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan – kick-off 4pm
Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters – England Under-21s home European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Latvia – kick-off 7.45pm
Keanan Bennetts, Jaden Brown and Japhet Tanganga – England Under-19s home friendly against Germany – kick-off 7pm
Jack Roles – Cyprus Under-19s away friendly against Northern Ireland