The on duty Wolves completed their final international games in October without defeat.
The internationals are now gradually making their way back to Wolfsburg from duty with their respective nations. On Monday and Tuesday, the VfL players who were nominated to represent their national teams had outings in the final European group qualifying games for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, U-21 European Championship qualifiers, U-19 EURO qualifiers and also U-20 test friendlies on the schedule.
Casteels, Origi and Malli watch on from the bench
Belgium, who had already secured qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, notched up a comfortable 4-0 (1-0) win over Cyprus, thanks to an Eden Hazard hat-trick and a goal from Romelu Lukaku. VfL Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels and Divock Origi watched the proceedings from the substitute’s bench. Yunus Malli also spent the entire ninety minutes of Turkey’s 2-2 draw away to Finland on the bench.
Dimata’s Belgian U-21s victorious
Nany Landry Dimatas and the Belgian U-21s were victorious away to Cyprus in a European Championships qualifier. For the game which finished 2-0 (0-0), thanks to goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Samuel Bastien, Wolfsburg’s number 9 was not in the squad. Riechedly Bazoer was not involved either, as Holland’s Under 21 side played out a 1-1 (1-0) draw with their Ukrainian counterparts.
Successful German U-19 and U-20 teams
Wolfsburg’s Dominik Franke got a run out with the DFB U-20s this week. The defender was involved for 61 minutes of Germany’s 2-1 win against Switzerland. The German U-19 selection also celebrated a win. Following a 5-1 success against Belarus and a 7-1 over Northern Ireland, the young German side secured a 2-0 (0-0) win over Poland in their third European Championship qualifier. Yari Otto was introduced as a 62nd minute substitute. Davide-Jerome Itter sat out the duration on the bench, whilst his brother Gian-Luca left the squad prematurely due to injury.