Internationals | Hornets In Action

André Carrillo and Peru stand on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 following a 0-0 draw in New Zealand earlier today (Saturday, November 11). 

The Watford winger played 78 minutes of the first-leg of the play-off in Wellington and Peru now have home advantage to look forward to in Wednesday's return leg.

Elsewhere, it looks to be an uphill struggle for Orestis Karnezis and Greece as they look to overturn a 4-1 first-leg defeat when they host Croatia in Piraeus on Sunday. 

On-loan goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon played 71 minutes for Romania on Thursday as they beat Turkey 2-0 in a friendly in Cluj.

However, defender Christian Kabasele sat out Belgium's 3-3 friendly draw with Mexico on Friday as he continues to recover from the knock that forced him off in the second-half at Everton last weekend.

Molla Wague was in action today (Saturday) for Mali as they finished their unsuccessful qualifying campaign with a 0-0 draw in Gabon.


The birth of twins, a Premier League battle against Everton and the small matter of Peru's qualification for a first World Cup since 1982 - it's a busy time for André Carrillo!

Watford's winger and his Peruvian teammates have the weight of a nation on their shoulder as they gear-up for a double-header against New Zealand to determine who'll be heading to Russia next year.

Peru have the advantage of travelling to Wellington first (Saturday November 11, 3.15am GMT) before hosting the All Whites in Lima next Wednesday (November 15, 2.15am GMT).

Orestis Karnezis' Greece have a tricky play-off against Croatia to navigate, first facing off in Zagreb (Thursday November 9, 7.45pm) before the return leg in Piraeus on Sunday (November 12, 7,45pm). 

Molla Wagué's Mali, bottom of their group African World Cup qualification group, finish their campaign away in Gabon. 

Christian Kabasele could be fit after being forced off against Everton on Sunday to join up with Belgium for friendlies against Mexico and Japan, while on-loan goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is involved with Romania's squad for matches with Turkey and the Netherlands. 


Prödl | Defender Makes Return

Defender Sebastian Prödl made a successful return from injury in a behind-closed-doors training match today (Friday, November 10).

The Austrian centre-half, who has been sidelined with a hamstring problem since the beginning of September, completed 45 minutes as he steps up his return towards first-team action.