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8 October 2015

BURTON Albion forward Aurelien Joachim has been called up to represent his national side Luxembourg for the EURO 2016 Qualifiers.

He has been called up for the following matches:
Spain vs Luxembourg (09.10.2015)
Luxembourg vs Slovakia (12.10.2015)

As a result of his call-up, Joachim will miss our Sky Bet League One fixture with Walsall (A).

Joachim has already racked up over 50 appearances for Luxembourg who are ranked 146th in the FIFA rankings, scoring six goals.

The striker made his debut for Luxembourg in a September 2005 World Cup qualification match against Liechtenstein, at just 19 years of age.

Luxembourg fans will remember his equalising goal against Belgium in a friendly in 2014, firing past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from range.

The 29-year-old was named as captain for the most recent games against Macedonia and Belarus, and is the first Burton Albion player to receive an international call up.

"I've played for my country 53 times now so this doesn't change my confidence or the way I play going in to the next games (for Burton)." He said.

Aurelien then spoke about his views on his national team's performances these past couple of weeks.

"It was a very good team performance against Macedonia, the goalkeeper saved a penalty and then 6 minutes later we score to make it one nil.

"It's always good to take the three points and it was important because we ended up having players sick for Belarus."

Many of the players were struck with food poisoning prior to the Belarus game, and Joachim said it affected the whole teams performance.

"I wasn't sick but I wasn't feeling very good, 17 or 18 players were very sick so when we train in the evening we weren't really 100 percent, so yeah you cannot win a game like this."

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