Category Archives: International

Tielemans and Dendoncker to rejuvenate Belgium’s midfield

On Tuesday, Roberto Martinez will announce his squad for the friendly match against the Czech Republic in Brussels and the World Cup qualifying match in Estonia. The most interesting names will be Monaco’s new midfielder Youri Tielemans and his former Anderlecht team-mate Leander Dendoncker. The two youngsters will bring vitality and youthful vigour to Martinez’s… Read More »

Selection problems for Martinez

With World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, Roberto Martinez will have to deal with the problems that were often faced by his predecessor Marc Wilmots, namely injuries and a lack of the playing time by many squad members. The wear and tear on those playing regularly in the Premier League is well documented and, ironically,… Read More »

10 things we learnt from Belgium-Spain

1. Roberto Martinez has a lot of work to do but he has to be given time. Marc Wilmots made no progress with the team in the last two years and there had to be change. 2. Thierry Henry will be useful if he can find a way of making his 150 million euro strike… Read More »

Ten things about Belgium’s team you may not know or care about

Belgium play in Andorra tonight and against Israel in Brussels on Tuesday. Two points from those two games will see them qualify for the European Championships but what’s bubbling under the surface. Let’s have a look. Ten things you may not know 1. Lukaku plays tonight but it’s not ‘Big Rom’ but smaller-sized Jordan –… Read More »

Contenders for Belgium’s next squad

Marc Wilmots is due to announce his squad for the matches with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus in early September. I don’t expect many surprises as it’s early in the season and no-one has had a chance to stake a claim. Wilmots will probably stick with his usual squad except for one or two injuries. It must… Read More »