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Davies and Wimmer swap shirts after Vienna draw

07 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Ben Davies and Kevin Wimmer shared a Spurs moment after the heat of battle in Vienna.

The Club team-mates swapped international shirts after both started an important World Cup qualifying match early in Group D of the UEFA qualifying process for the finals in Russia in 2018.

Kevin lined-up for his second senior start and fifth cap for Austria in a left-back role in the EarnstHappelStadion while Ben started cap number 27 for Wales.

It was a key fixture because both teams are expected to challenge for top spot. Austria won their qualifying group for the European Championships with nine wins and a draw in 10 games while Wales reached France with just one loss in finishing second behind Belgium and of course went on to reach the semi-finals.

In the end, it was honours even. Kevin was unfortunate to score an own goal as Wales led twice but a double from Stoke's MarkoArnautovic saw the match end 2-2.

Speaking exclusively to us from Vienna, Kevin said: "It was a very good feeling to play against Ben because we are good mates and I think the draw is a good result for us.

"I saw him before the game, we also had a chat afterwards and we swapped our shirts."

As for playing left-back, Kevin added: "It was a bit unusual but I played this position a few times when I was in Cologne and also in the Under-21 set-up for Austria. Of course, it was a very special feeling to be back in the starting 11 and representing my country."

Below: Kevin takes on Gareth Bale


Thursday's action

As we reported yesterday, Heung-Min Son's fine form continued as he hit the winner for South Korea against Qatar in Asia World Cup qualifying. South Korea won 3-2 in Suwon.

Josh Onomah was an unused substitute as England Under-21s secured their spot at next summer’s Euro Finals with a game to spare, after a 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan in Aktobe.

Meanwhile, overnight, ErikLamela was an unused substitute as Argentina drew 2-2 with Peru in South American World Cup qualifying. Argentina are currently fifth of 10 teams at the half-way stage - the top four teams go straight to Russia.

Friday's matches

Tonight is a busy night with up to 12 players on international duty.

Toby Alderweireld, MousaDembele and Jan Vertonghen - Belgium 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina - kick-off 7.45pm
Vincent Janssen - Netherlands 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus – kick-off 7.45pm
Hugo Lloris and MoussaSissoko  - France 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home to Bulgaria – kick-off 7.45pm
Cameron Carter-Vickers - USA Under-20s friendly against the Netherlands (four-nation tournament in Manchester)
Kyle Walker-Peters - England Under-20s friendly against Germany (four-nation tournament in Manchester)
Marcus Edwards - England Under-19s friendly away to Croatia - kick-off 12noon
Jaden Brown, JonDinzeyi and JaphetTanganga - England Under-18s friendly away to Sweden - kick-off 5pm