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Belgium Names Its Squad For World Cup 2014; Januzaj In, Thorgan Hazard Out

belgium1 Belgium Names Its Squad For World Cup 2014; Januzaj In, Thorgan Hazard Out

Belgium released its 24-man squad for World Cup 2014 today. The squad will be reduced to 23 before June 2. Depending on the fitness of goalkeeper Koen Casteels, one player will drop out of the final squad to meet FIFA’s 23-man squad requirement.

There weren’t many major surprises in the side other than the snub to Thorgan Hazard, who many experts rate as a better footballer than Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj, who was included in the squad. Januzaj caught the eye early this Premier League season but faded as time went on.

The injury to Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has limited manager Marc Wilmot’s attacking options, so Belgium is almost certain to continue lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and will be depending on the talented midfield to generate goal scoring opportunities.

On paper, this is one of the best squads in the tournament but Belgium has not qualified for a major tournament in over a decade and the lack of international experience could hamper this side potentially.

Full squad below:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Silvio Proto

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Anthony Vanden Borre, Laurent Ciman, Vincent Kompany, Daniel van Buyten, Thomas Vermaelen, Nicolas Lombaerts, Jan Vertonghen

Midfielders: Axel Witsel, Steven Defour, Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembélé, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallas, Adnan Januzaj

Attackers: Romelu Lukaku, Divock Origi.

Standby list: Michy Batshuayi, Guillaume Gillet, Thorgan Hazard, Radja Nainggolan, Sébastien Pocognoli and Jelle van Damme.

belgium Belgium Names Its Squad For World Cup 2014; Januzaj In, Thorgan Hazard Out


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A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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