New Belgium manager Roberto Martínez has named his first squad as Red Devils boss this morning, and it’s one that Premier League fans will be very familiar with.
Once he had dropped the bombshell of naming former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry as his assistant, Martínez got on with the matter at hand by naming a 25-man panel for the upcoming friendly against Spain and World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.
No fewer than 16 of those picked are currently playing in England, with Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels the only one of that contingent not playing in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtios and Michy Batshuayi retain their places from Euro 2016, as do the Tottenham trio Mousa Dembélé, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini, Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi of Liverpool, and £27m Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke.
Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas are known to Martínez from their time together at Everton, and while there are recalls for new Burnley signing Steven Defour and Thorgan Hazard, the Man City duo Vincent Kompany and Jason Denayer miss out.
Sels could make his Belgium debut in the friendly, as could new Watford defender Christian Kabasele.
25-man Belgium Squad For Upcoming Fixtures Against Spain and Cyprus:
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Christian Kabasele, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Lombaerts, Jordan Lukaku, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders: Radja Nainggolan, Kevin De Bruyne, Steven Defour, Mousa Dembélé, Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Divock Origi, Yannick Carracso, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallas
— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) August 26, 2016
Joining Martínez and Henry on the coaching panel are second assistant Graeme Jones, fitness coach Richard Evans, and goalkeeping coaches Erwin Lemmens and Inaki Bergara.
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