THE BELGIUM EURO 2016 SQUAD

The Belgium team selected for Euro 2016

Source: Wikipedia

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Apps Goals
GK Thibaut Courtois 11 May 1992 (age 24) 34 0 England Chelsea
GK Simon Mignolet 6 March 1988 (age 28) 16 0 England Liverpool
GK Jean-François Gillet 31 May 1979 (age 36) 9 0 Belgium Mechelen

  DF Jan Vertonghen (3rd captain[166]) 24 April 1987 (age 29) 74 6 England Tottenham Hotspur
  DF Toby Alderweireld 2 March 1989 (age 27) 52 1 England Tottenham Hotspur
  DF Thomas Vermaelen 14 November 1985 (age 30) 51 1 Spain Barcelona
  DF Nicolas Lombaerts 20 March 1985 (age 31) 39 3 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
  DF Laurent Ciman 5 August 1985 (age 30) 9 0 Canada Montreal Impact
  DF Jason Denayer 28 June 1995 (age 20) 5 0 Turkey Galatasaray
  DF Thomas Meunier 12 September 1991 (age 24) 5 0 Belgium Club Brugge
  DF Dedryck Boyata 28 November 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Scotland Celtic
  DF Jordan Lukaku 25 July 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Belgium Oostende

MF Marouane Fellaini 22 November 1987 (age 28) 65 15 England Manchester United
MF Axel Witsel 12 January 1989 (age 27) 64 6 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
MF Mousa Dembélé 16 July 1987 (age 28) 63 5 England Tottenham Hotspur
MF Radja Nainggolan 4 May 1988 (age 28) 18 4 Italy Roma

  FW Eden Hazard (vice-captain[166]) 7 January 1991 (age 25) 62 12 England Chelsea
  FW Dries Mertens 6 May 1987 (age 29) 42 8 Italy Napoli
  FW Romelu Lukaku 13 May 1993 (age 23) 41 9 England Everton
  FW Kevin De Bruyne 28 June 1991 (age 24) 37 11 England Manchester City
  FW Christian Benteke 3 December 1990 (age 25) 24 6 England Liverpool
  FW Divock Origi 18 April 1995 (age 21) 16 3 England Liverpool
  FW Yannick Carrasco 4 September 1993 (age 22) 4 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
  FW Michy Batshuayi 2 October 1993 (age 22) 3 2 France Marseille

 

Whilst the following players are considered forwards, we expect Hazard, Mertens and De Bruyne to do a shift in midfield.

Players on standby include: goalkeeper Matz Sels, defenders Laurent Ciman, Laurens De Bock and Guillaume Gillet, midfielders Thorgan Hazard  (brother of Eden), Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli, and Everton striker Kevin Mirallas.

 Expected Lineup

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Belgium Euro 2016 Squad Breakdown

This is the best looking Belgium squad in history. Thibaut Courtois is the team’s number 1 and whilst he has had a bit of patchy season with Chelsea due to injury and the team’s managerial troubles and loss of form, he is still one of the best around. At 6″6, he controls the box and is a formidable shot stopper. Also as he may be considering his options this summer and trying to get the attention of other clubs, he will no doubt bring his A-game. If Courtois’s injury flares up, it is good to know that we have Simon Mignolet as a back up. The experienced keeper has a strong season in the Premier League, helping Liverpool get to the final of the Europa Cup – so the guy is top form in time for the tournament.

Defensively, Belgium have two of the most on-form defenders in the world with Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, with the latter winning Spurs’s player of the year this season. The defensive duo played at centre back and recorded the lowest goals against in the entire league, conceding 35 goals in 38 games. The debate is whether these two will play at centre back like they have played for Spurs all season or whether either of them, or indeed both of them will shift to full back, like they have played for Belgium in the past (Jan at left back and Toby at right back), giving way to Lombaerts and Vermaelen to play at centre half instead. Up and coming player Jordan Lukaku is also likely to play a part, as the brother of Romelu is making a name for himself in the Belgian First Division A, also Boyata, Meunier and Denayer could expect to play a role.

In Midfield, the form of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will be crucial if Belgium are to be playing at their best. The winger had a troubling start to the season after being named PFA player of the year in 2014/15 where he scored 19 goals but only 6 this season. The speedy midfielder started to get right just towards the end of the season, scoring in 3 consecutive games. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne will play a huge part in keeping possession and moving the ball. After the world cup, De Bruyne has a bit more experience under his belt and will be expected to shine. Other players to look out for is the smooth Moussa Dembele who glides past players and pushes players off the ball with ease. Marouane Fellaini always provides a physical presence and is good in the air, Axel Witsel is a real leader in the defensive midfielder and Dries Mertens always has an eye for goal. Wilmost will certainly be rotating the midfielders as we have seen in the past and with plenty of talent, he has a lot at his disposal.

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Dries Mertens having a nibble on Jan’s ear!

In attack, we expect Everton’s Romelu Lukaku will be expected to shine and maintain the amazing goalscorer record he has produced consistently year after year, including 25 goals this season, and 20 the year before. At only 23 years of age, it is incredible how much he has achieved but the best could still be yet to come. Other notable strikers include the Europa-league finalists from Liverpool – Christian Benteke and Divock Origi. With neither having sensational seasons, they did enough to reach the Europa final so now have some more experience playing in big games under their belt. Also, playing in the same team in similar positions, one would expect them to be gelling a lot better today. Whilst under Klopp at Liverpool, they rarely played at the same time (either one or the other), it would be interesting to see if Wilmots decides to play them together with Benteke’s strength and power in the air and Origi’s pace. At 25 (Benteke) and 21 (Origi), they both show a lot of promise, especially with Origi being the standout at the world cup two years ago.

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Noticeable Absentees From The Belgium Squad

Unquestionably, the biggest absentee is the fact that team captain Vincent Kompany is set to miss the Euro 2016 tournament due to a calf injury. Although we have strong defenders in his place, it is hard to be without one of the best centre backs in the world, who has a lot of experience, a cool head and makes others play better around him – as seen with Manchester City this season. He will be sadly missed.

Elsewhere Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli has been put on the stand-by list and it is not down to having bad form, he had a good season with Spurs but just didn’t get as much attention as the likes of Harry Kane or Erik Lamela. Chadli scored in several appearances in the Europa League, sometimes playing as a lone striker/false nine. However, Chadli featured in the recent friendly against Portugal where Belgium lost 2-1, so perhaps he will be on the plane in the end!

Another sad one to potentially miss out is Everton’s Kevin Mirallas who has been plagued by injury this season, but as he returned to play at the end of the year, he scored in 3 consecutive games – so the guy is hungry and can certainly make an impact.

A lot of fans will want to see Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of Eden, who has impressed in the Belgian national league. He is still very young at 23 and has scored 6 goals and 6 assists in his first season with Borussia Mochengladbach. The idea of seeing another brotherly team along with the Lukaku’s is very exciting for Belgium fans.

No sign of Adnan Januzaj who was a big fan favourite in the 2014 World Cup. He has another tough season with Manchester United after falling to break into the squad and suffering a few injuries. There are rumours flying all over the place including a move to Everton and some tabloids saying he is sticking with Belgium and others saying he might go play for his native Kosovo.

Why this Belgium football squad is going to win Euro 2016

We believe that Belgium has what it takes to go all the way and win the competition this summer in France. With world class players in every position, there is no reason they cannot maintain their FIFA number 1 spot and beat the likes of Spain, France and Germany this June. They have the best keeper in the world in Thibaut Courtois, top defenders in Vertonghen and Alderweireld, size, strength and furness with Dembele, Fellaini, De Bruyne and Hazard and a goals machine in Romelu Lukaku – it is the ultimate team!

As many consider the Premier League the toughest in the world, there are over 16 players in this squad who has become household names in the EPL and really shown what they can do. So now it is time to make football history.

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