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Benteke Dropped, Kompany, Januzaj Included As Belgium Name World Cup Squad

Benteke Dropped, Kompany, Januzaj Included As Belgium Name World Cup Squad

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has been dropped from Belgium’s 23-man squad released on Monday ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Benteke’s omission was reportedly due to injury. Romelu Lukaku’s younger brother Jordan was also excluded, along with Watford’s Christian Kabasele.

However, Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was included in the squad despite going off with a suspected injury in Belgium’s friendly against Portugal a few days back.

Former Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj, who missed out on a place at Euro 2016 after a difficult season, is back in the squad and will play in his second World Cup.

Meanwhile, notable names like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Dries Merten, Moussa Dembele and Maroune Fellaini made the final squad.

Belgium are in Group G at this summer’s World Cup and will face England, Tunisia and debutant Panama.

Belgium’s 23-man World Cup squad:

Toby Alderweireld
Michy Batshuayi
Dedryck Boyata
Yannick Carrasco
Koen Casteels
Nacer Chadli
Thibaut Courtois
Leander Dendoncker
Kevin De Bruyne
Mousa Dembele
Marouane Fellaini
Eden Hazard
Thorgan Hazard
Adnan Januzaj
Vincent Kompany
Romelu Lukaku
Dries Mertens
Thomas Meunier
Simon Mignolet
Youri Tielemans
Thomas Vermaelen
Jan Vertonghen
Axel Witsel

 

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