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Benteke Dropped, Kompany, Januzaj Included As Belgium Name World Cup Squad



Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has been dropped from Belgium’s 23-man squad released on Monday ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Benteke’s omission was reportedly due to injury. Romelu Lukaku’s younger brother Jordan was also excluded, along with Watford’s Christian Kabasele.

However, Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was included in the squad despite going off with a suspected injury in Belgium’s friendly against Portugal a few days back.

Former Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj, who missed out on a place at Euro 2016 after a difficult season, is back in the squad and will play in his second World Cup.

Meanwhile, notable names like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Dries Merten, Moussa Dembele and Maroune Fellaini made the final squad.

Belgium are in Group G at this summer’s World Cup and will face England, Tunisia and debutant Panama.

Belgium’s 23-man World Cup squad:

Toby Alderweireld

Michy Batshuayi

Dedryck Boyata

Yannick Carrasco

Koen Casteels

Nacer Chadli

Thibaut Courtois

Leander Dendoncker

Kevin De Bruyne

Mousa Dembele

Marouane Fellaini

Eden Hazard

Thorgan Hazard

Adnan Januzaj

Vincent Kompany

Romelu Lukaku

Dries Mertens

Thomas Meunier

Simon Mignolet

Youri Tielemans

Thomas Vermaelen

Jan Vertonghen

Axel Witsel