Squad update

Belgium were hit by a series of late defensive injuries, including captain Vincent Kompany and the other first-choice centre-back Nic Lombaerts. Dedryck Boyata was also ruled out, prompting call-ups for Thomas Meunier (Club Brugge) Christian Kabasale (Genk) and Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact).

Tottenham midfielder Nacer Chadli was left on the standby list, along with Thorgan Hazard and Kevin Mirallas, after coach Marc Wilmots opted for an extra striker in Michy Batshuayi (Marseille).

Final squad


Name: Thibaut Courtois
Caps/goals: 34/0
Club: Chelsea (Eng)
Age: 24 (11.05.92)
One of the top five keepers in the world. Until 2015-16 he had won a trophy in every season of his professional career.

Jean-Francois Gillet
Catania (Ita)
Age 27 (31.05.79)
Third-choice who missed the World Cup after being suspended for match-fixing in Serie A. ON laon at Mechelen for whom he once saved three penalties in one game, against Anderlecht.

Simon Mignolet
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 28 (06.03.88)
Back-up who rarely plays for Belgium, even in friendlies. Regarded by many Liverpool supporters as a shot-stopper and little more.


Toby Alderweireld
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Age 27 (02.03.89)
Right-back who is one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League – where he plays at centre-back.

Laurent Ciman
Montreal Impact (USA)
Age 30 (05.08.85)
A late call-up after the injuries to first-choice centre-backs Kompany, Lombaerts and Boyata. Has spent the last year playing in MLS in Canada after five seasons with Standard Liege.

Jason Denayer
Manchester City (Eng)
Age 20 (28.06.95)
On loan at Galatasaray. Had a couple of seasons at Anderlecht and later came to prominence at one of Jean-Marc Guillou’s footballing academies

Christian Kabasele
Age 25 (24.02.91)
Late call-up. Three years ago he was playing as a striker in the second tier, but has become an impressive centre-back at Genk.

Jordan Lukaku
Age 21 (25.07.94)
Younger brother of Romelu, he oined Oostende after failing to make the grade at Anderlecht. Effective going forward but relatively untested defensively.

Thomas Meunier
Club Brugge
Age 24 (12.09.91)
Called up as a late replacement and will be a reserve full-back in France. Not totally trusted by Wilmots, who has doubts about his defensive qualities.

Thomas Vermaelen
Barcelona (Spa)
Age 30 (14.11.85)
Once a cult figure at Arsenal, now spends most weekends on sidelines in Spain. Central defender but can also fill in at full-back.

Jan Vertonghen
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Age 29 (24.04.87)
Ever present in the league this term until a knee injury in January. A centre-back for his club and left-back for his country


Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City (Eng)
Age 24 (28.06.91)
With 23, had more assists in calendar year in 2015 than any other player in Europe. Has recently returned from injury.

Moussa Dembele
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Age 28 (16.07.87)
Has had an excellent season with his club. Hard-working and creative, he’s regarded as elegant – on and off the pitch.

Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United (Eng)
Age 28 (22.11.87)
Struggled to make his mark at United but highly rated by Wilmots. Scored 63 goals in two seasons from defensive midfield as a junior with Anderlecht.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco
Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Age 22 (04.09.93)
Quick inger, known as “YFC”, who came to prominence with Monaco before a big-money move to Atletico.

Eden Hazard
Chelsea (Eng)
Age 25 (07.01.91)
After a superb 2014-15 season for Chelsea his form has nose-dived. Said to be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid.

Dries Mertens
Napoli (Ita)
Age 29 (06.05.87)
A fast, clever winger who scores and makes goals. Was discarded by Anderlecht as he was thought to be too small.

Radja Nainggolan
Roma (Ita)
Age 28 (04.05.88)
Known as “Ninja”, he has been Belgium’s most effective player in the past six-nine months. A genuine leader and a real box-to-box player.

Axel Witsel
Zenit (Rus)
Age 27 (12.01.89)
Once Wilmot’s trusted lieutenant on the pitch, his stock has fallen somewhat. Disciplined, elegant and rarely injured, but lacks pace.


Michy Batshuayi
Marseille (Fra)
Age 22 (02.10.93)
Pacy young striker, a surprise inclusion after an excellent season in France. Also eligible to play for DR Congo through his parents.

Christian Benteke
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 25 (03.12.90)
Prior to De Bruyne’s move to Manchester City, he was the most expensive Belgian in world football. A hero with Aston Villa, but struggling at Liverpool.

Romelu Lukaku
Everton (Eng)
Age 23 (13.05.93)
Was top scorer in the Belgian league at 16 and has remained prolific in the Premier League. Has rarely played well for Belgium, however.

Divock Origi
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 21 (18.04.95)
Divock is the son of Kenyan international, Mike Origi, who played for a host of Belgian clubs. Origi was a surprise choice for the Brazil World Cup after impressing for Lille. Able to play as a striker or on the wing, he is battling for recognition at Liverpool.