Euro 2016 : Belgium provisional 24-man squad

Euro 2016 : Belgium provisional 24-man squad

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots’  provisional 24-man squad for the European Championships


Twelve Premier League players are named in total – including Jason Denayer, who is on loan at Galatasaray from Manchester City. Everton’s Romelu Lukakumakes the final selection alongside his younger brother Jordan, who plays for Belgian domestic team Oostende.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – who has endured a frustrating season with his club – was named captain in the absence of Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany who remains side-lined by injury.

Meanwhile, injured defender Nicolas Lombaerts was released from the squad with Christian Kabasele called up by coach Marc Wilmots to bolster the weakened defence.

Kevin De Bruyne will add to a strong attacking side for a national team that has not won a major football tournament since the 1920 Olympics.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Christian Kabasele (Genk), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Forwards: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool).