Belgium predicted lineup vs Canada

Belgium predicted lineup vs Canada

Belgium’s so-called ‘Golden Era’ start a ultimate stab at fulfilling their potential with a gap group sport in opposition to Canada on Wednesday night.

Nearly a 3rd of Roberto Martinez’s squad – which is the oldest of any European nation at this 12 months’s World Cup – has been enjoying collectively for the very best a part of a decade. Nevertheless, they’ve by no means progressed past the semi-final of a significant competitors.

This is the XI Martinez might deploy for his or her group opener.

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard has made simply two begins for Actual Madrid throughout all competitions this season / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/GettyImages

GK: Thibaut Courtois – Regardless that he was voted the world’s greatest goalkeeper this 12 months, Courtois could not assist however lament that it’s “inconceivable” for a shot-stopper to win the Ballon d’Or.

CB: Leander Dendoncker – The versatile midfielder is vying for a spot with Leicester Metropolis’s Wout Faes. The summer time addition to the Foxes has been transformative on the King Energy Stadium this season however is but to begin a match for Belgium.

CB: Toby Alderweireld – The previous Tottenham centre-back may solely final a 12 months and 29 video games within the Qatari Stars League with Al-Duhail earlier than becoming a member of his hometown membership Royal Antwerp final summer time.

CB: Jan Vertonghen – The report caps holder in a squad which comprises no fewer than six centurions.

RWB: Thomas Meunier – Three years earlier than Meunier made his nationwide staff debut, he was working as a postman. Can the Borussia Dortmund wing-back put his stamp on the event? (It took quite a lot of willpower to keep away from mentioning his propensity (or lack thereof) to ship.)

CM: Axel Witsel – At 33, Witsel hasn’t missed a aggressive sport for membership or nation this season which serves as a welcome change from the five-month damage layoff he had forward of Euro 2020.

CM: Youri Tielemans – The judo blue belt is likely one of the youthful squad members at 25 however that is his tenth season of senior soccer.

LWB: Yannick Carrasco – The Atletico Madrid huge man celebrated his aim within the 2016 Champions League ultimate by working to the touchline and kissing his girlfriend. He married Noemie Happart, who was topped Miss Belgium three years earlier, and the pair have a son collectively.

RF: Kevin De Bruyne – Whereas scouting Canada’s upcoming foes, their supervisor John Herdman joked: “Proper now, I’m being paid to look at and take a magnifying glass to De Bruyne – what a present that’s!” Trying on from the dugout as De Bruyne tries to select his means by Canada’s backline will not be fairly as gratifying.

LF: Eden Hazard – Completed as runner-up to Luka Modric within the race for the Golden Ball on the earlier World Cup.

ST: Michy Batshuayi – Infamously thwacked a volley in opposition to the publish in celebration of a aim (another person scored) on the final World Cup just for the ball to crash off the upright and in opposition to his personal head. He took the blunder in sometimes good spirits.

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