Thursday 20 October 2016

Celtic star has Boyata has Euro vision as Fenerbahce loom

Dedryck Boyata
Dedryck Boyata

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata hopes to boost his Euro 2016 chances by making a statement against Fenerbahce tomorrow.

The Belgian stopper is dreaming of representing the Red Devils at next year's European Championship finals in France.

But first he knows he needs to impress national boss Marc Wilmots.

Boyata, 24, won his only full cap for the Low Country back in October 2010 but was included in the squad for this month's qualifying victories over Bosnia and Cyprus.

Belgium now face two crucial clashes with Andorra and Israel which will decide their Group B fate and the Parkhead centre-back believes he can force his way into Wilmots plans if he produces against the Hoops' Europa League opponents when they visit Glasgow later this week.

"Thursday is a really big game and one I want to play well in so I can make a statement," he told a press conference.

"Belgium have got the next game in Andorra and if we win, I think we can go through. Then we can look to the last game against Israel to get the first spot.

"My performances in our European matches at Celtic will be really important to me making the international team because the Belgian squad is full of potential players and I don't think it is easy to get into the team.

"In my position, if I have the chance to get in then I want to be able to say to myself that I did everything I could."

He added: "For me coming here, it was about getting a lot of games. I've maybe played more here already than I have in the last three years.

"Now I've got a chance to be in the Belgian squad, which is a plus for me. Now that I'm in the Belgian team my goal will be to stay there. To do that I will need to play well."

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