Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker was introduced on 59 minutes as Belgium drew 1-1 with Wales last night.

Roberto Martinez’s side were already assured of qualification for World Cup 2022 before the game.

The result was more important for Wales as they will now be seeded for the play-off stages in March.

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Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring for Belgium before reported Wolves summer target Kieffer Moore earned them a point.

Wales v Belgium - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
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Dendoncker kept it simple in the time he was on the pitch, having 40 passes from 40 touches with a 97.5 per cent pass success rate as per WhoScored.

He also picked up a booking for one of two fouls in the 31 minutes he was on the pitch.

Perhaps he was keen to impress as it was his first international appearance since September.


He played all three of the World Cup qualifiers in that month, but only as a substitute, never getting more than nine minutes on the pitch.

Wales v Belgium World Cup Qatar Qualifying Round
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Dendoncker is still waiting for a first international start since the 2-1 Euro 2020 group stage win over Denmark in June.

The Wolves man started both of Belgium’s opening two games – which were both won – but has seemingly slipped out of favour thereafter.

Of course, there is huge competition for places in Martinez’s midfield and Dendoncker is not a regular at club level at present.

Perhaps that is harming his international prospects, but he will be hoping to catch the manager’s eye between now and the next international break in March.

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