Kompany named in final 23-man Belgium squad despite groin injury

 

WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN—10 DAYS

 

Belgium have confirmed their 23-man squad for the World Cup but Roberton Martinez has dropped two EPL stars.

 

The Spanish head coach trimmed his group down from an initial 28, with Crystal Palace strikerstriker Christian Beneteke missing out, along with Watford defender Christian Kabasele.

 

With Vincent Kompany injured in their most recent friendly against Portugal there were fears he would be absent but Martinez has retained him and left Laurent Ciman on stand-by.

 

Elsewhere, Jordan Lukaku, brother of Romelu was ditched as well as goalkeeper Matz Sels.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

 

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

 

Midfielders: Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)

 

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli)


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