On Wednesday night, Burley defender Ameen Al-Dakhil enjoyed his first start for Belgium against Serbia in a friendly.

The 21-year-old had already appeared twice in substitute appearances against Austria and Estonia last June, but this was the first time he was picked in the original XI, but there was no public.

That’s because of some torrential rains that affected the original pitch, and it was moved to the Den Dreef in Leuven, much to the chagrin of the Burnley star.

He had planned for his family to see him in Brussels, where the game was originally meant to be held, but they had to make do with watching him on TV.

The Burnley defender spoke to the media at the end of the game and said, relayed by Walfoot: “Being calm, it’s in my personality. I did my much and I’m very happy with my display. With or without a crowd, I stay the same. My family had tickets and they wanted to come see me. They had to watch me on TV, even if it isn’t the same thing.”

The Iraq born Belgium international has been very important for Vincent Kompany at Burnley since his arrival last January from Saint-Truiden.

The young player had started all the games this season up until a recent injury that he has clearly overcome, since he was able to play the full 90 minutes against Serbia.