It was the turn of Belgian coach Robert Martinez to announce the list of candidates for the World Cup in Qatar, and he decided to take a maximum of 26 players.
Martinez’s decision to bring Romelu Lukaku is very interesting, even though the Inter player is injured and will almost certainly miss the group stage of the competition.
The coach of Belgium hopes that he can use Lukaku according to the same recipe as Vincent Kompany at the World Cup in Russia four years ago when the staunch stopper was injured and then played only the match for third place.
– Lukaku will not be there at the beginning. That’s why we have two more attackers with us, special forces. Batshuayi has experience from the national team. Openda is a completely different player profile. He works hard and opens up space. That’s interesting. He showed against Poland that he is ready – said Martinez.
List of Belgium:
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Koen Casteels(Wolfsburg);
Defense: Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Toby Alderweireld (Antwerp), Leander Dendonker (Aston Villa), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht), Arthur Theate (Ren), Wout Faes (Leicester);
Midfield: Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Amadou Onana (Everton), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund). , Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Thomas Menier (Borussia Dortmund);
Attack: Romelu Lukaku (Inter), Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahçe), Charles De Ketelaere (Milan), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Jérémy Doku (Rennes), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray), Leandro Trossard (Brighton), Lois Openda (Lance ).
To remind, Martinez will meet with Canada, Morocco and Croatia in the group stage of the competition with Belgium.