Wout Faes and Timothy Castagne with Belgium

Faes, Castagne, Mendy & Ward Enjoy International Wins

Belgium pair Wout Faes and Timothy Castagne tasted victory in Germany, while Papy Mendy's Senegal confirmed AFCON qualification and Danny Ward kept a clean sheet among the Foxes' international players in action on Tuesday.
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- Wout Faes and Timothy Castagne star for Belgium in 3-2 away win over Germany
- Papy Mendy qualifies for AFCON with Senegal after beating Mozambique
- Crucial clean sheet for Danny Ward as Wales inch past Latvia
- Çağlar Söyüncü's Turkey defeated by Croatia in EURO qualifying

- A start for Luke Thomas with England Under-21s, who lose to Croatia Under-21s in friendly

Facing the difficult task of a visit to neighbouring Germany in a friendly, Wout Faes and Timothy Castagne both started for Belgium, with Foxes team-mate Dennis Praet on the bench throughout at the RheinEnergieStadion in Köln.

It was a lightning start for the Red Devils, who held a two-goal lead within 10 minutes thanks to strikes from Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku. Niclas Füllkrug's penalty for Germany just before the break tightened the scoreline.

Kevin De Bruyne stretched the lead once more in the second period, and the Belgians claimed their impressive scalp despite Serge Gnabry's late consolation for the hosts.

For Papy Mendy, there was a late appearance as a substitute for Senegal as they rubber stamped qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2024 with a 1-0 win away to Mozambique.

Salernitana's Boulaye Dia scored the only goal of the game inside the first 20 minutes, while Mendy was introduced five minutes from time to win his 25th cap and help steward the side to a result that maintains their 100 per cent record, with four wins from four in Group L.

In Cardiff, Danny Ward was again named in goal for Wales as Robert Page's side looked to build on the draw earned in Croatia last time out, this time returning home to face Latvia.

In a tight affair, Wales secured a 1-0 win to lift themselves to the top of their UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying group, Kieffer Moore's header from Dan James' cross after 41 minutes the solitary register on the scoreboard.

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Luke Thomas
Luke Thomas

The Foxes full-back started for the Young Lions at Craven Cottage on Tuesday.

Ward celebrated his 31st cap for the Dragons with a clean sheet in the Welsh capital.

In the same group, there were frustrations for Çağlar Söyüncü and Turkey against Croatia, the home side falling to a 2-0 defeat in Bursa in their latest UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying match.

Söyüncü played the full 90 minutes for his national side, who sit third in Group D with one win from their two matches so far.

There was similar disappointment against Croatia for Luke Thomas - who came off the bench on Saturday at King Power Stadium - though was a in from the off on Tuesday evening for England Under-21s, who lost 2-1 at Fulham's Craven Cottage.

The Croatians held a lead at half-time after Martin Baturina's opener, and they strengthened their hold on the friendly when Dion Drena Beljo converted from the penalty spot eight minutes after the restart.

Morgan Gibbs-White halved the deficit in the final five minutes, but the Young Lions were unable to draw themselves level.

England Under-19s completed their UEFA U19 EURO elite qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Turkey, though the team will miss out on this summer's finals. City's Development Squad defender Ben Nelson was an unused substitute for the fixture played in Chesterfield.




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