Who is their key player?
Belgium has been considered a black horse for so long that it might as well be called Black Beauty. Roberto Martinez’s side have recorded a perfect ten out of ten qualifying wins and are close to going all the way again, but it remains to be seen whether their key man De Bruyne will be in good shape at time for his opening game.
The City midfielder’s involvement in the Champions League final ended prematurely following a challenge from Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger. Martinez and the Belgian fans will therefore be desperate to see their most creative player return to the pitch as soon as possible.
It will be decisive if the Belgian golden generation hopes to avoid the fate that has befallen their English counterparts.
What is the full team?
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Bruges), Matz Sels (Strasbourg)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)
Midfielder : Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Nacer Chadli (Istanbul Basaksehir), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Thorgan Hazard (Dortmund), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Dennis Praet (Leicester) )), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)
Forward: Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
The list of staff is correct as of Wednesday June 16.
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