Youri Tielemans

Tielemans & Praet Star In Belgium Victory

Leicester City team-mates Youri Tielemans and Dennis Praet featured for Belgium as they defeated San Marino 4-0 in UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying on Friday evening.
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- Youri Tielemans played for 90 minutes for Belgium, who defeated San Marino 4-0 on Friday evening
- Substitute Dennis Praet earned his fourth senior cap for the Red Devils
- Goalkeeper Danny Ward and James Justin were unused for their respective national sides
- James Maddison, Ben Chilwell (England) and Çağlar Söyüncü (Turkey) may feature on Saturday

Picking up his 24th senior international cap for the highest-ranked country in world football, Tielemans played the full game, while Praet came on as a 75th-minute substitute, replacing Kevin De Bruyne.

It was the third time the duo have shared a pitch for their senior national side and the first occasion since Praet joined Tielemans, a former R.S.C. Anderlecht colleague, at the Football Club.

A brace from Michy Batshuayi, plus strikes from Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli, ensured the Red Devils continued their unbeaten start to EURO 2020 qualifying and now sit top of Group I after six games. 

Elsewhere on the international stage, goalkeeper Danny Ward was an unused substitute for Wales in their 2-1 win over Azerbaijan. A deflected Gareth Bale goal gave Ryan Giggs’ men a late victory in Cardiff.

Meanwhile, full-back James Justin, called up to the England Under-21s for the first time last week, was also unused as Aidy Boothroyd’s side came from behind to beat Turkey away from home.

The Young Lions got their UEFA 2021 U21 European Championship qualifying campaign off to a winning start in Group C, with Eddie Nketiah scoring twice in a 3-2 victory.

Development Squad midfielder Khanya Leshabela, on the other hand, did not feature for South Africa's Under-23s in a 5-0 success over Zimbabwe in U23s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

On Saturday, England's seniors take on Bulgaria and James Maddison could make his debut for the Three Lions. Ben Chilwell is also in Gareth Southgate's squad, while Çağlar Söyüncü's Turkey host Andorra.

The Blue Army can stay updated on all of the Club's international contingent over the first break of the season with regular reports on LCFC.com.

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