Contenders for Belgium’s Euro squad

By | May 12, 2016


Marc Wilmots - will announce squad on Thursday May 12.)

Marc Wilmots – will announce squad on Thursday May 12.)

Marc Wilmots will announce his squad for Euro 2016 at 12.00 today, local time. He is expected to announce 24 names with one extra player to cover for the possible absence of Divock Origi.

I see 18 certainties with the other five being made up of three defenders (difficult to choose as many are inexperienced), a midfielder and a striker.

I expect Wilmots to play safe and go for Christian Benteke and Nacer Chadli, together with Thomas Meunier, Jordan Lukaku and Dedryck Boyota.

This would mean no place for Michy Batshuayi, who could be named as back-up for Origi. It would also mean no room for Kevin Mirallas and the romantic choices: Thorgan Hazard and Charly Musonda.

Certainties (18)

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Jean-François Gillet (KV Mechelen); Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint-Pétersbourg), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray/Manchester City), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Toby Alderweireld & Jan Vertonghen (Spurs); Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma), Moussa Dembélé (Spurs), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Zenit), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli); Divock Origi (Liverpool), Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

Possibles (14)

Matz Sels (Gent), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Bjorn Engels, Thomas Meunier & Laurens De Bock (Club Brugge), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Dedryck Boyota (Celtic), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Guillaume Gillet (Nantes), Sven Kums (Gent), Nacer Chadli (Spurs), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Thorgan Hazard (Mönchengladbach), Michy Batshuayi (Marseille).

Outsiders (4)

Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Steven Defour (Anderlecht), Charly Musonda Jr (Chelsea), Laurent Depoitre (Gent).

Completely off the radar (7)

Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet and Anthony Vanden Borre (all Anderlecht), Maxime Lestienne (PSV), Zakaria Bakkali (Valencia), Olivier Deschacht (Anderlecht), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United),

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