BRUSSELS (AP) – Rem Jeremy Dokun and Leandro Trossard were called up to the Belgian squad for the European Championships on Monday, next to the usual stops of the country’s Golden Generation.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has named Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel in his list of 26 players in the continental tournament. Martinez has also selected a group of 11 reserve players who could be strengthened in the run-up to the tournament, which opens on June 11, with injuries.
“Some games still have to be played at home, in terms of possible injuries, possible changes, especially in these uncertain times,” Martinez said. “We have 11 players who will serve us as waiting players.”
The teams were allowed to select 26 teams instead of the usual 23 to help them cope with the coronavirus epidemic. The final detachments of 26 people must be submitted by June 1.
Belgium will play in Group B, which will open on June 12 with Russia. The first class Belgians will meet Denmark և Finland.
The 18-year-old striker Doku was rewarded for his good performances at the French club “Rennes” this season. His speed and technique make him a great candidate for the role of a supercomputer in a team full of attacking riches.
Trossard can adequately replace Azar, who was fighting for a horse. The little striker of “Brighton” has similarities with the striker of “Real” with excellent dribbling skills, good vision and a sense of goal. The 26-year-old Trossard scored a couple of goals in the World Cup qualifier in March, most recently back to his Premier League club.
Witsel has yet to recover from a serious Achilles injury he suffered in January, but Martinez said he has received good news about his recovery.
“In this situation, we have to make it very clear that we do not expect anything,” Martinez said. “This is just a reward for what he has done for the national team, for his career, for the good work he has done in recent months. The real decision with Axel Witsel will be on June 11. “
Martinez said Witsel should be ready for more time, but insisted that he “feels very confident that he can play a big role” during the tournament.
The only big name missing was Marouane Fellaini, but his absence was not a surprise as the former Manchester United defender, who now plays in China, has not played for Belgium since 2018.
“We all know how special Marouane Fellaini is,” Martinez said. “Probably the extra 12 months delay of the Euro was a bit far-fetched. “It’s been three years in international football.”
Originally scheduled for last year, the competition was postponed for a year due to a coronavirus epidemic.
Goalkeepers. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Matz Cells (Strasbourg)
Defenders. Dedrik Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Ason Eason Denayer (Lyon), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Vermaelen (Wiesel Kobe)
Midfielders. Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund), Yuri Tillemans (Leicester), Leander Dendonker (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Hans Vanke (Bruges), Denis Prett ( , Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Torgan Azar (Borussia Dortmund), Timothy Casta (Leicester), Nasser Chadli (Istanbul Basaksehir)
Forwards. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Michi Batshuay (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Driss Mertens (Napoli), Rem Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
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