15 things we loved this weekend: Vertonghen, Cahill, Burke, Kroos…

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As countries around the world get ready for Russia, Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona and Real Madrid men all caught our eye.

With less than two weeks until the World Cup begins, there were a raft of friendlies over the weekend, with wins for the likes of England and France, but a defeat for Germany, and a draw between Belgium, who feature in England’s group, and Portugal.

Here are some of the highlights from an action-packed weekend.

USA vs Ireland

For their friendly this weekend, both sides announced the shirt numbers would bear the rainbow flag, in support of LGBT rights.

Martin Hinteregger

In Austria’s first win over Germany in 32 years, the defender scored this belter.


This World Cup advert might be the best yet.

Ousmane Dembele

A glorious finish.

Oliver Burke

Burke showed what had Leipzig paying £13million for him in Scotland’s Under-21 match against South Korea.

Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen won his 100th cap in Belgium’s friendly against Portugal this weekend, and was presented with the cap by a surprise guest, his mum.

Jan Vertonghen

And this is a pretty good stat.

Sunil Chhetri

The India captain sent out this heartfelt message in an attempt to get more support for the national team.

Gary Cahill

What a header. We’re gonna win the World Cup.

Toni Kroos

A totally random stat, but we love it.

Graham Burke

Another good stat: by scoring against USA, former Aston Villa forward Burke became the first League of Ireland player to score for Ireland in 40 years.

Bicolour Group G

Pointless. Yet beautiful.

England and Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham players have scored or assisted 11 of England’s last 15 goals.

Manuel Neuer

He’s back.

John O’Shea

O’Shea played for his nation for the final time against USA. A legend.

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