Belgium’s football squad announced for Euro 2016

Brussels, May 13 (IANS) Belgium football team’s head coach Marc Wilmots has announced the squad for this summer’s Euro 2016 in France.

The roster on Thursday included 24 players and one player will be ruled out before the announcement of the final 23-player squad, reports Efe.

The squad did not mark any surprises except ruling out Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany due to injury.

During a press conference on Thursday, Wilmots announced that Galatasary youngster Jason Denayer will be replacing Kompany to compensate for his efforts at the back.

Belgium will be playing Euro 2016 in the group of death, Group E, along with Italy, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

The squad:

Goalkeeping: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillett (Mechelen) and Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona) and Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma) and Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg).

Forwards: Michy Batshauyi (Olympique Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli) and Divock Origi (Liverpool).

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