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11 September 2015

Striker Aurelien Joachim returned from international duty with Luxembourg early Friday morning and believes the win against Macedonia was important for his nation.

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

This is not his first national call up though, having recently passed 50 caps for his country he doesn't think it will affect the way he plays going forwards.

"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."

Luxembourg went on to lose the game 2-0 to Belarus and now sit fifth in Group C with no chance of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship.

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