Kevin De Bruyne has complained about playing the same sides during international football, adding that it is beginning to get “boring.”
The Manchester City star midfielder name-dropped Wales, complaining that Belgium is always playing Wales at the international, with Belgium having played Wales eight times in the last nine years with the two to face off again on Thursday, making it nine meetings in ten years.
Kevin De Bruyne’s comments come on the back of the two teams that have faced off during the World Cup qualifiers and Nations League groups, and the two teams are set to play each other again this evening in the final round of the Nations League group fixtures.
The footballer complained to the Telegraph about always facing the same teams in international football as his team prepares to take on Robert Page’s side just two months away from the World Cup set to be played in Qatar.
‘I think half of my international career has been against Wales,’ De Bruyne said.
‘I don’t know why. It is a little bit boring. I think 12 times I have played them, it is always the same teams.’
Belgium has drawn four, won two and lost two matches since the last time the two teams met, always proving a difficult puzzle for the team ranked no. 2 in the world (Belgium) to solve.
The Nations League is played to improve the quality of competition at the top level of European international football and do away with international friendlies, which may not be so important. The downside is that countries end up playing with the same opponent repeatedly.