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Belgium National Football Team

Belgium
Governing bodyUnion Royale Belge des Sociétés de Football-Association
Affiliated1904
StadiumStade Roi Baudouin (50,093 seats)
ManagerRoberto Martínez

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Players

#NameAgeA
Goalkeepers
T. Kaminski 2800000100000
K. Casteels 29
1T. Courtois 294505500000000
13M. Sels 2900000500000
Defenders
18J. Denayer 261802200300000
5J. Vertonghen 343464401100000
15T. Meunier 293285321212000
B. Mechele 28
T. Foket 26
19L. Dendoncker 261493211300000
4D. Boyata 301802200300000
21T. Castagne 25271101000000
H. Delcroix 22
Z. Vanheusden 22
2T. Alderweireld 323604400000100
Midfielders
Y. Verschaeren 20
17H. Vanaken 2901010100000
11Y. Carrasco 281393212300000
16T. Hazard 283604402020100
6A. Witsel 323014310100000
8Y. Tielemans 243394401100100
26D. Praet 27292020500000
A. Saelemaekers 22
C. De Ketelaere 20
A. Lokonga 21
Attackers
9R. Lukaku 284445501040000
20C. Benteke 3061010500000
10E. Hazard 302264221201000
23M. Batshuayi 27151010500000
D. Lukébakio 23
24L. Trossard 26751101400000

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Belgium's FIFA World Cup squad and players to watch

The Red Devils will fancy their chances in Group G among the likes of England, Panama, and Tunisia. They are undoubtedly favorites to top the group but with football's unpredictability always lurking around, their best performances will be required.

Coach's Objective

The football hemisphere was thrown into a frenzy when news of Radja Nainggolan's omission surfaced. The 30-year-old midfielder enjoyed a stellar season for AS Roma and was subsequently adjudged their best player of the season for his contributions to the side enjoying a third-place finish in Serie A and reaching the UEFA Champions League semis.

Nevertheless, according to Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez, the decision to leave the midfielder out was purely a tactical call as contrary to suggestions that a bad air exists between the pair.

"Radja is a top player," Martinez told a news conference, acknowledging Nainggolan's prowess.

"I don't think Radja is a player to be used in a small role.

"The reason that Radja's not in the squad is purely a tactical decision," he added.

With regards to the said tactics, Belgium is expected to sail through Group G with very little trouble and so be able to make it past the quarter-final stage considering their squad depth. Anything short of that will be dubbed as an underachievement.

New Faces

Goalkeeper Koen Casteels could make his official debuts for the Belgium national team at the World Cup having been selected among the final 23-man squad.

Veterans

Vicent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, and Moussa Dembele form part of the side's most experienced group. Marouane Fellaini and Axel Witsel have also been named in the preliminary squad list.

Absentee

The most notable omission is, of course, Radja Nainggolan. The AS Roma midfielder announced his retirement right after the list was publicised. Christian Kabasele, Christian Benteke and Jordan Lukaku were also left out.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Leander Dendoncker, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembélé, Marouane Fellaini, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukaku.

Belgium Football Association Info & Statistics

History Founded: 1895, Affiliated: 1904
Uniform Jerseys: Red, Shorts: Red, Stockings: Red
Website www.belgianfootball.be
World Cup Appearances 13: 1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014, 2018
World Cup Results Fourth: 1986
Continental Titles Second: UEFA EURO (1980)
Best Results First: Olympic Football Tournament Final 1920
Third: FIFA U-17 World Cup Final 2015
Fourth: FIFA Futsal World Cup Final 1989, Olympic Football Tournament Final 2008

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