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Belgium Announce Provisional World Cup Squad, 5 Miss Out

Belgium Announce Provisional 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad, 5 Miss out

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 21, 2018 12:23 PM @KurtLaduma

Manager Roberto Martinez has announced Belgium's 28-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and there were a few surprise exclusions!

Click through the gallery above to see some players who were left out of Belgium's Russia 2018 squad.

Belgium were drawn with Panama, Tunisia and England in Group G, and along with the Three Lions, are favourites to advance to the next stage of the competition.

Former Everton manager Martinez has now named his preliminary squad ahead of the tournament, which surprisingly does not include fan favourite Radja Nainggolan, while Adnan Januzaj was an unexpected inclusion. 

Superstars Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens were all selected for the squad, and will be looking to lead Belgium in attack, along with Romelu Lukaku and China-based Yannick Carrasco. 

Here is Belgium's provisional World Cup squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels 

Defenders: Dedryck Boyata, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Kabasele, Laurent Ciman, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Leander Dendoncker, Jordan Lukaku, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli, Thorgan Hazard, Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Mousa Dembele, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne

Attackers: Yannick Carrasco, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Michy Batshuayi 

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How far do you think Belgium can go at the 2018 World Cup? Let us know in the comments section below.  


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waronatjie Joined: 31 Jan 2013
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waronatjie May 22, 2018 11:26 AM
@KhothaKhosi adnan and thomas Vermaelen are risk selection as much as it still the provisional squad
Pep G junior Joined: 26 Dec 2017
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Pep G junior May 22, 2018 07:16 AM
Guys you are being blond now. Your skin color doesnt tell your origin. These guys were born in europe
aka4khosi4life Joined: 30 Apr 2018
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aka4khosi4life May 21, 2018 03:06 PM
They follow money thats y they don't play for their African countries
Fifa 81 Joined: 20 Dec 2017
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Fifa 81 May 21, 2018 02:26 PM
Some of African players they don't love their country Lukaku, Dembele and Benteke play for Belgium instead of represent their country in or is because of money Africa is full of talented players Pogba, Evra, Leroy, Ballotteli mention few.
JAWS OF LIFE Joined: 21 Apr 2018
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JAWS OF LIFE May 21, 2018 01:50 PM
If Germany 0r France d0esn't win this w0rld cup Belgium will.
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simphiwe shangase May 21, 2018 01:49 PM
Belgium will surprise a lot they hv everything 2 compete in d wc.
tshasa_wa_lePirates Joined: 07 Oct 2012
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tshasa_wa_lePirates May 21, 2018 01:36 PM
Only if they knew what is team work... Lots of individual brilliance kind of a squad
majenz Joined: 21 Jul 2016
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majenz May 21, 2018 12:47 PM
I could put my last dollar on this squad, quality at all fronts
JackKhosi Joined: 20 Mar 2018
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JackKhosi May 21, 2018 12:31 PM
Belgium has one of the strongest squads, definately contenders in this WC tournament.

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