Simon Mignolet

We need to keep Fletch quiet - Simon

by Kate Smith

Mignolet set to come head to head with team mate.

Simon Mignolet says Belgium’s forthcoming clash with Steven Fletcher’s Scotland will be key to their World Cup 2014 qualification hopes.

The keeper is currently away on international duty with his country, who sit second in a competitive Group A.

Belgium have notched a win and a draw so far and are level on points with leaders Serbia and third-placed Croatia.

Mignolet and his team-mates are in action tomorrow as they face the Serbs, who demolished David Vaughan’s Wales 6-1 in their last game.

They then face the Scots at home next Tuesday and Mignolet admits home victories are vital as the Belgians look to make up for the disappointment of not qualifying for Euro 2012.

“The Scotland game is a big one for us and we want to win it,” he said. “Hopefully we can keep Fletch quiet.

“It's important in terms of qualification, as is the Serbia match. We play the Scots at home and if we want to win our group we have to win our home games.

“Hopefully we can do that.”

The bulk of Sunderland’s senior squad are currently away on international duty following last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.

And Mignolet feels the change of scenery is useful ahead of a busy period at club level, which includes the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle.

“Some of the guys are away and that's a good thing for them personally to have that experience of being among their international squad and playing games,” he said.

“We can't dwell upon the defeat at Manchester City. We have to forget about it because when we come back we have a big game to play against Newcastle.”