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Belgium squad: Qatar World Cup 2022 – Final list of 26 players for national team roster

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As Belgium’s “golden generation” is led by Roberto Martinez into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it may be their final opportunity to put on a World Cup spectacle.

In order to lead Belgium into a new era of international play, Kevin de Bruyne and his international teammates carried heavy expectations as youthful stars. They reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 2014, losing to Argentina 1-0, and finished third in Russia at the 2018 World Cup, which was by far their best-ever World Cup performance.

Although this squad is strong and deadly in attack, there are a few weaknesses that other teams could take advantage of. Martinez is still a quality coach who understands how to get the most out of his players by giving them the best chance for success.

Final 26-man Belgium World Cup roster

With only a few exceptions; all of Belgium’s World Cup starters were locked in long before the tournament began. Martinez had to make a few decisions between promising young players, but otherwise his squad is complete with the best players from the Big 5 European leagues.

Several injuries were recorded. Notably; star striker Romelu Lukaku; has made the cut despite recently suffering another muscle injury while playing for Inter Milan. In addition, fullback Thomas Meunier, who broke his cheekbone on October 16 while on club duty, is also going to Qatar.

Notable players who did not make the cut include Divock Origi; Jason Denayer, and Dedryck Boyata.

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Belgium World Cup group

The Red Devils have been drawn into Group F. Only the top two teams in each group will advance.

Belgium are the highest-ranked team in Group F and will open the tournament against John Herdman and Canada, before taking on African powers Morocco and 2018 finalists Croatia.

With a knockout place possibly already in hand, the final game against Croatia could be a solid litmus test of how ready Belgium is for their chase of World Cup glory.

World Cup Group F fixtures and match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23 Morocco vs. Croatia 5 a.m. Al Bayt
Wed, Nov. 23 Belgium vs. Canada 2 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27 Belgium vs. Morocco 8 a.m. Al Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27 Croatia vs. Canada 11 a.m. Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1 Croatia vs. Belgium 10 a.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Thurs, Dec. 1 Canada vs. Morocco 10 a.m. Al Thumama

 

Belgium projected starting XI vs Canada (3-4-3):

Courtois (GK) — Alderweireld; Vertonghen, Debast— Castagne, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Meunier — Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne.

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