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The Les Diables Rouges Squad for the matches against Côte D’Ivoire, England and Iceland October 2020
←Last Belgian Squad that faced England (981)  
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Alderwiereld, Tobias Albertine Maurits 2 March 1989 31 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 100 3
Batshuayi-Atunga, Michy 2 October 1993 26 F Crystal Palace FC, England, on loan from Chelsea FC, England 31 19
Benteke, Christian 3 December 1990 29 F Crystal Palace FC, England 38 15
Bornauw, Sebastiaan 22 March 1999 21 D 1.FC Köln 01/07 eV, Germany 1 0
Bournauw withdrew from the squad after the Côte D’Ivoire match to join the U21s
Boyata, Anga Dedryck 28 November 1990 27 RB Hertha, Berliner SC eV, Germany 18 0
Carrasco, Yannick Ferreira 4 September 1993 27 M Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 42 6
Castagne, Timothy 5 December 1995 24 FB Leicester City FC, England 9 2
Casteels, Koen 25 June 1992 28 G VfL Wolfsburg eV, Germany 1 1ᵍᵃ
Casteels withdrew from the squad on 5 October match to return home.
Chadli, Nacer 2 August 1989 31 M İstanbul Başakşehir FK, Turkey 59 8
Courtois, Thibaut Nicolas Mark 11 May 1992 28 G Real Madrid CF, Spain 79 57ᵍᵃ
Courtois withdrew from the squad on 9 October because of a hip injury
De Bruyne, Kevin 28 June 1991 29 M Manchester City FC, England 75 19
Denayer, Jason Grégory Marianne 28 June 1995 25 CD Olympique Lyonnais, France 15 1
Dendoncker, Leander 15 April 1995 25 M Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 10 0
Doku, Jérémy 27 May 2002 18 F RSC Anderlecht 3 1
Hazard, Eden Michael 7 January 1991 29 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 106 32
Kaminski, Thomas 23 October 1992 27 G Blackburn Rovers FC, England 0 0ᵍᵃ
Kaminski was drafted into the squad on 9 October as a replacement for the three goalkeepers
Kayembe-Ditu, Joris 8 August 1994 26 M Royal Charleroi SC 1 0
Lukaku Bolingoli, Romelu Menama 13 May 1993 27 F FC Internazionale, Italy 85 52
Lukebakio Ngandoli, Dodi 24 September 1997 23 RF Hertha, Berliner SC eV, Germany 0 0
Mechele, Brandon 28 January 1993 27 CD Club Brugge KV 2 0
Mertens, Dries 6 May 1987 33 F SSC Napoli SpA, Italy 92 20
Mertens was unavailable for the first match due to quarantining in Italy, ruled out on 10th
Meunier, Thomas 12 September 1991 29 RB BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 41 7
Mignolet, Simon Luc Hildebert 6 March 1988 32 G Club Brugge KV 26 28ᵍᵃ
Origi, Divock Okoth 18 April 1995 25 F Liverpool FC, England 29 3
Praet, Dennis 24 May 1994 26 AM Leicester City FC, England 7 0
Roef, Davy 6 February 1994 26 G KAA Gent 0 0ᵍᵃ
Roef was drafted into the squad on 5 October as a replacement for Casteels
Saelemaekers, Alexis Jesse 27 June 1999 21 M AC Milan, Italy 1 0
Saelemaekers withdrew from the squad after the Côte D’Ivoire match to join the U21s
Teunckens, Jens 30 January 1998 22 G AEK Larnaca, Cyprus 0 0ᵍᵃ
Teunckens was drafted into the squad on 7 October as a temporary measure, returning on 9th
Tielemens, Youri 7 May 1997 23 M Leicester City FC, England 29 2
Trossard, Leandro 4 December 1995 24 F Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England 2 0
Van Crombrugge, Hendrik 30 April 1993 27 G RSC Anderlecht 1 1ᵍᵃ
Van Crombrugge withdrew from the squad before and after the Côte D’Ivoire match to return home
Vanaken, Hans 14 August 1992 28 AM Club Brugge KV 6 0
Vanheusden, Zinho 29 July 1999 21 CD Royal Standard de Liége 1 0
Vanheusden withdrew from the squad after the Côte D’Ivoire match to join the U21s
Verschaeren, Yari 12 July 2001 19 AM RSC Anderlecht 5 1
Vertonghen, Jan Bert Lieve 24 April 1987 33 CD Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Portugal 120 9
Witsel, Axel Laurent Angel Lambert 12 January 1989 31 M BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 107 10

Squad details correct up to and including Belgium’s match against Iceland on 8 October 2020.
Tallies taken from
Belgianfootball.be

Diary

Friday, 25 September 2020 - Belgium will play against Ivory Coast and not New Zealand in a friendly match in Brussels on 8 October. New Zealand has had to cancel due to the organisational problems related to the strict Covid-19 measures. “We are incredibly disappointed to be in this position, but from the outset our first priority was our players”, says Andrew Pragnell, CEO of the New Zealand Football Association. “As it currently stands, we are unable to get enough of our players to the game and back to their respective countries without major disruptions to their domestic seasons.” With Ivory Coast (60th in the FIFA-ranking) , the Red Devils will compete against a stronger opponent than New Zealand (121st). National team manager Roberto Martínez feels sorry for New Zealand being forced to cancel their trip, but is happy with Ivory Coast as a replacement.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - Roberto Martinez has named 33-man squad for the trio of internationals coming up next week against Côte D’Ivoire, England and Iceland.

Injury plagued Eden Hazard will in all likelihood miss out again for Belgium when they play three internationals in October after his club Real Madrid said he had suffered a new injury setback. Real dashed hopes of Hazard returning to action in Wednesday’s La Liga game against Real Valladolid with a statement saying he sustained a muscle injury, leaving his participation with Belgium next week in doubt. Roberto Martinez said Hazard would need to have played "some game time" for Real on Wednesday or in Sunday’s match at Levante in order to join up with his country’s squad for the trio of internationals. But that was quickly dashed when Hazard injured a muscle in his right leg on Wednesday. Real did not say how long he would be out for, although Spanish newspaper Marca said he would be unable to play for between three and four weeks.

Monday, 5 October 2020 - Koen Casteels has left the squad to return home to be at the birth of his child, he was replaced by Davy Roef.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020 - Nacer Chadli has returned to his club as he was deemed unfit. Hendrik Van Crombrugge has also left the squad, to return home after the birth of his child, with Jens Teunckens coming in from the U21 set-up as his replacement. Van Crombrugge eventually returned before the match started and even made his debut, but then left permanently after that match.

Thursday, 8 October 2020 - A late equaliser from the penalty spot earned Côte D’Ivoire a 1-1 draw with a second-string Belgium side, ending a run of 12 successive victories for the top team in the world rankings. Michy Batshuayi converted from close range to give Belgium a 53rd-minute lead but Franck Kessie equalised for the visitors from the spot with four minutes remaining. The Belgians rested almost all their regulars ahead of Sunday's Nations League clash against England but went ahead when Batshuayi converted from point-blank range at the second attempt after being set up by Alexis Saelemakers, one of five debutants used by coach Roberto Martinez. Substitute goalkeeper Hendrick Van Crombrugge, who rejoined the squad hours before kick-off after the birth of his child this week and replace Simon Mignolet to earn his first cap, made a reflex stop to deny Nicolas Pepe an equaliser after Wilfried Zaha had cleverly set him up. Zaha continued to trouble the home defence, however, and was fouled by debutant Sebastiaan Bornauw in the box, leading to Côte D’Ivoire's late penalty. It was a first international in 11 months for the African side who next play Japan in Utrecht on Tuesday.
Youngsters Sebastiaan Bornauw, Alexis Saelemaekers and Zinho Vanheusden left after the match to join the U21 squad. Hendrick Van Crombrugge has also returned home.

Friday, 9 October 2020 - Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out Belgium's clash with England. It was confirmed that Courtois had left the Belgian camp before yestereday's friendly, with a hip injury. Martinez had already lost Hendrik Van Crombrugge of Anderlecht and Wolfsburg's Koen Casteels.
Following the return to the under-21 set-up for Jens Teunckens, Blackburn Rovers' goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski has been called up to the squad for their Nations League double header. The 27 year old has been a revelation since his move from AA Gent last month. He has kept three clean sheets in his four league games, which has been enough to impress Roberto Martinez. The uncapped Kaminski was last called up by the national team six years ago.

Saturday, 10 October 2020 - Napoli star Dries Mertens will not be part of the Belgium squad for tomorrow’s Nations League match against England. The forward had to remain in quarantine with the rest of his club teammates following a travel order ban from the local health authority last week. Although only Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive for CoVid19, none of the other players in the Napoli squad have since contracted Coronavirus.According to Nieuwsblad, Mertens won’t be released from quarantine in time to meet up with the Belgium squad in London. Inter have had five positive cases in their squad, but Romelu Lukaku is available to play for the Red Devils.

Belgium Form: last six games
W W W W W D  f 20:a 4   success: 91.7%
782 13 October 2019 -
Kazakhstan 0 Belgium 2
[0-1]
Астана Арена, Нұр-Сұлтан
Batshuayi, Meunier ECP AW
783 16 November 2019 - Russia 1 Belgium 4 [0-3]
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Dzhikiya
T.Hazard, E.Hazard (2), R.Lukaku
AW
784 19 November 2019 - Belgium 6 Cyprus 1 [4-1]
Stade Roi Baudouin, Bruxelles
Benteke (2), De Bruyne (2), Carrasco, Christoforou OG
Ioannou
HW
785 5 September 2020 -
Denmark 0 Belgium 2
[0-1]
Parken Stadion, København
Denayer, Mertens NLP AW
786 8 September 2020 - Belgium 5 Iceland 1 [2-1]
Stade Roi Baudouin, Bruxelles
Witsel, Batshuayi (2), Mertens, Doku
Friðjónsson
HW
787 8 October 2020 - Belgium 1 Côte D’Ivoire 1 [0-0]
Stade Roi Baudouin, Bruxelles
Batshuayi
Kessie (pen)
Fr HD

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