Vincent Kompany insists he “needed” to play for Belgium this week against Manchester City’s wishes.
The City captain played almost an hour as the Red Devils secured top spot in Euro 2016 qualifying Group B by defeating Israel. Marc Wilmots’ side also climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings with the 3-1 victory.
But City boss Manuel Pellegrini wanted his skipper to sit out the international clashes to avoid hampering the defender’s recovery from a calf injury.
Depite his manager’s desire, Kompany had no regrets about facing the Israelis in his first appearance for almost a month.
The centre-back said: “I feel great and I’m glad I got to do it. It’s about going again now and I’m looking forward to the next games.
“I needed to be a part of this. I play for my country and I’m proud to do it.
“There are no small games and I have given everything I have for City, I will always do this, but I do the same for my country.”
Kompany felt no problems with his calf in Brussels on Tuesday.
He added: “It’s going really well. I am also happy that I could take my place today. I am ready for what awaits.”