Mignolet had started in the national team on March 25, 2011 in Austria (0-2 victory) during a qualifying match for Euro 2012. Holder eight consecutive games, he then had to give way to the young Thibaut Courtois, whose he became the understudy for more than ten years. It is therefore as a substitute that Mignolet took part in three World Cups (2014, 2018 and 2022) and two Euros (2016 and 2021), thus appearing in the selection which obtained the best result in the history of Belgium. with third place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Mignolet still managed to play 35 games in 129 selections with the Devils, with 10 “clean sheets” to his credit. His last appearance will be in Poland (0-1 victory) on June 14 in the League of Nations.
Trained in Saint-Trond, Mignolet also played in Sunderland, Liverpool and, since 2019, at Club Brugge, with whom he won three Belgian league titles and the last Golden Shoe rewarding the best player in the championship.
After Eden Hazard and Toby Alderweireld, Mignolet is the third member of the Red Devils present at the Qatar World Cup to retire permanently from the national team.
Belgium will travel to Sweden on March 24 for the debut of new coach Domenico Tedesco, in qualification for Euro 2024, before a friendly in Germany.
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