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Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
2. Alderwiereld, Tobias Albertine Maurits 2 March 1989 29 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 82 3
21. Batshuayi-Atunga, Michy 2 October 1993 24 F Chelsea FC, England 19 8
20. Boyata, Anga Dedryck 28 November 1990 27 RB The Celtic FC, Scotland 10 0
11. Carrasco, Yannick Ferreira 4 September 1993 24 M Dalian Yifang FC, China 30 5
13. Casteels, Koen 25 June 1992 25 G VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 0 0ᵍᵃ
22. Chadli, Nacer 2 August 1989 28 M West Bromwich Albion FC, England 50 6
1. Courtois, Thibaut Nicolas Mark 11 May 1992 26 G Chelsea FC, England 64 49ᵍᵃ
23. Dendoncker, Leander 15 April 1995 23 M RSC Anderlecht 6 0
7. De Bruyne, Kevin 28 June 1991 27 M Manchester City FC, England 67 15
19. Dembélé, Moussa Sidi Yaya 16 July 1987 30 M Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 79 5
8. Fellaini-Bakkioui, Marouane 22 November 1987 30 M Manchester United FC, England 87 18
10. Hazard, Eden Michael 7 January 1991 27 F Chelsea FC, England 91 24
16. Hazard, Thorgan Ganael Francis 29 March 1993 25 AM Borussia VfL 1900 Münchengladbach, Germany 13 1
18. Januzaj, Adnan 5 February 1995 23 M Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Spain 9 1
4. Kompany, Vincent Jean Mpoy 10 April 1986 32 CD Manchester City FC, England 81 4
9. Lukaku Bolingoli, Romelu Menama 13 May 1993 25 F Manchester United FC, England 74 40
14. Mertens, Dries 6 May 1987 31 F SSC Napoli, Italy 74 15
15. Meunier, Thomas 12 September 1991 26 RB Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 29 5
12. Mignolet, Simon Luc Hildebert 6 March 1988 30 G Liverpool FC, England 21 25ᵍᵃ
17. Tielemens, Youri 7 May 1997 21 M AS Monaco FC, France 12 0
3. Vermaelen, Thomas 14 November 1985 32 CD FC Barcelona, Spain 68 1
5. Vertonghen, Jan Bert Lieve 24 April 1987 31 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 107 9
6. Witsel, Axel Laurent Angel Lambert 12 January 1989 29 M Tianjin Quanjian FC, China 95 9

Squad details correct up to and including Belgium's match against France on 10 July 2018.
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Monday, 21 May 2018 - Roberto Martinez has named fifteen Premier League players in an initial squad of 28 with Chelsea's Eden Hazard set to captain the side in Russia this summer. He is joined by teammates Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi, who makes it despite a late season injury scare while on loan at Borussia Dortmund, and Manchester City title winners Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent Kompany. Tottenham trio Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele are in but there's no place for Roma's Radja Nainggolan in a significant surprise. "Radja is a top player," Martinez told a news conference, acknowledging Nainggolan's key role in Roma's run to the Champions League semi-finals, but saying he could not offer him a similar place in a Belgian side he described as more offensive. Coach and player had an "honest" discussion after Martinez flew to Rome on Sunday to break the news. "I don't think Radja is a player to be used in a small role," Martinez said when asked about Nainggolan's reported willingness to go with the squad to Russia "even as a goalkeeper". "The reason that Radja's not in the squad is purely a tactical decision," he added. Within hours of the news being announced Nainggolan immediately took to Instagram to confirm that he would no longer be available for selection following Martinez's decision.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - Ten players arrive for training at the Belgianfootball centre in Tubize. Alderweireld, Batshuayi, Benteke, Chadli, De Bruyne, Dembele, Thorgan Hazard, Kabasele, Kompany and Vertonghen.

Saturday, 2 June 2018 - Begium 0 Portugal 0: Vincent Kompany suffered a groin problem and will have a scan tomorrow to check the extent of the damage. The Manchester City captain left the picth after ten minutes, following a challenge on Gelson Martins. Jan Vertonghen made history by becoming the first Belgian player to reach hundred appearances. He was also the closest on goal, with a second half shot that was tipped over the bar.

Monday, 4 June 2018 - Roberto Martinez has announced his list of 23 players that he is taking to Russia to represent Russia. Defender Vincent Kompany has been named, despite being an injury doubt - but Christian Benteke misses out. Martinez said he will make a decision on the centre-back's fitness closer to their opening match. He also said that dropping Benteke was the 'toughest decision' he has had to make. Martinez can call up a replacement up up until 24 hours before the Panama match. Adnan Januzaj keeps his place, whereas goalkeeper Matz Sels, defenders Christian Kabasele and Jordan Lukaku are dropped. Laurent Ciman is placed on standby.
The third week of training begins with notable exclusions. Vincent Kompany, Yannick Carrasco, Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen are all working on individual fitness programs indoors.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - An inspired first half performance from Eden Hazard guided Belgium in a victory over Egypt. Hazard scored their second goal while Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini also struck.

Monday, 11 June 2018 - Belgium 4 Costa Rica 1:

Monday, 18 June 2018 - Belgium win their opening World Cup match against Panama. Romelu Lukaka score twice after Mertens sublime strike put the Red Devils ahead.

Saturday, 23 June 2018 - Belgium win the second of their group matches against Tunisia at Spartak Stadium. Lukaku scores twice once more, along with two from captain Eden Hazard, and a last minute goal from Batshuayi, ensures the Red Devils 5-2 victory over Tunisia.

Monday, 25 June 2018 - The Belgium squad have a couple of injury worries. Captain Eden Hazard has a calf injury, which is not considered serious, and Dries Mertens, has an ankle knock, also not considered serious. However, Romelu Lukaku's ankle ligament injury will not be known until after a scan he is to undergo within the next 48 hours. Good news though, as both Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen have been declared as fully fit.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - Romelu Lukaku misses training for a second day. He has had a scan on the "external ligament" damage to his left foot and Martinez says the striker requires another 24-48 hours to return to full training but has not been ruled out of featuring against England. Eden Hazard was present for training at Belgium's base in Dedovsk. There have been reports that Martinez could make several changes to his starting line-up for the match against England. Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Meunier are in danger of missing their last-16 match if they pick up a second booking on Thursday and could be held back.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 - Roberto Martinez makes nine changes, but still manages to beat England by a single goal, ensuring that his Belgian side win the group.

Belgium Form: last six games
W W W W W L  f 14:a 6   success: 83%
  18 June 2018 - Belgium 3 Panama 0 [0-0]
Stadion Fisht Olympic, Sochi
Mertens, R.Lukaku (2) WCF NW
  23 June 2018 - Belgium 5 Tunisia 2 [3-1]
Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
E.Hazard (2 (1 pen)), R.Lukaku (2), Batshuayi
Bronn, Khazri
  28 June 2018 - England 0 Belgium 1 [0-0]
Stadion Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad
Januzaj NW
  2 July 2018 - Belgium 3 Japan 2 [0-0]
Rostove Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Vertonghen, Fellaini, Chadli
Haraguchi, Inui
  6 July 2018 - Brazil 1 Belgium 2 [0-1]
Kazen Arena, Kazan
Renato Augusto
Fernandinho OG, De Bruyne
  10 July 2018 - France 1 Belgium 0 [0-0]
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Umtiti NL