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Internationals Return To Turf Moor

16 November 2016

Burney’s squad are back together following the latest international break that saw more players representing their countries.

Jeff Hendrick, pictured above, enjoyed success with the Republic of Ireland in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Austria, a first victory over their opponents since 1963.

The win took Ireland, who were without injured Clarets defender Stephen Ward, two points clear at the top of Group D.

And that sets up a huge clash with third placed group rivals Wales next march, following the draw with Serbia in Cardiff, which saw Sam Vokes lead the line in a 1-1 draw.

Group rivals Wales were denied by late goal in Cardiff that leaves them four points adrift of the Republic.

Icelandic wide man Johann Berg Gudmundsson was a part of the Iceland side that surrendered ground to Group I leaders Croatia in Zagreb.

A 0-2 defeat left Iceland in third place, and a point behind Ukraine in second.

Gudmundsson then made a second half appearance as a substitute in Tuesday’s friendly victory in Malta, where he assisted the second goal from a right wing corner.

Elsewhere, Belgian midfielder Steven Defour featured in his county’s 1-1 draw with Holland in a friendly in the Amsterdam Arena last Wednesday, before watching as an unused sub in the ensuing 8-1 thrashing of Estonia, which continues Roberto Martinez’s 100% record from four World Cup qualifying games.

Finally, England goalkeeper Tom Heaton earned a second international cap as a second half substitute in the dramatic 2-2 friendly draw with Spain at Wembley on Tuesday.

Turf Moor team mate Michael Keane was an unused sub against the Spaniards, after missing out on the squad that defeated Scotland 3-0 four days earlier.

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