Belgium include Vincent Kompany but Christian Benteke misses out

04 June, 2018, 20:10 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Sane's captain at Man City, Vincent Kompany, is heading to the World Cup as Roberto Martinez chose to select his captain in his final squad despite the veteran center back suffering a groin injury in their friendly draw against Portugal on Saturday.

They may be the envy of most of the world, given the number of top-class stars in their squad, but on this evidence Belgium remain well short of being a world-conquering team.

"Christian Benteke has been the toughest decision".

It is a huge call from Joachim Low after Sane, 22, had a breakout season in England, winning the Premier League title and League Cup with Manchester City.

"You could feel that when he came off we were all very much anxious", Martinez said. "His leadership is essential for us".

"I won't bother Cristiano by calling him, after a spell where he's put in so much effort and is exhausted". "He is a real talent in one-on-one situations".

The ex-Swansea, Wigan and Everton boss is prepared for the worst, with 24th man Laurent Ciman ready to step into the breach if Kompany fails to prove his fitness by June 17 - the day before Belgium's Group G opener against Panama.

It had been thought Adnan Januzaj and Leander Dendoncker would miss out after a television report showed footage of mattresses with labels identifying the players who would use them being prepared to be sent to Russian Federation by a Belgian company.

West Brom forward Nacer Chadli, who has only played twice since December, has made the squad, while the ankle injury that Batshuayi suffered while playing for Borussia Dortmund in April has not prevented his inclusion.

But those assumptions turned out to be wide of the mark.



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