Hazard and Courtois, called up for the League of Nations

Roberto Martínez has called up the two madridistas for the September games against Denmark and Iceland. Also to Yannick Carrasco, from Atlético.


More than eight months later, national team football returns. The coronavirus prevented the March window and the Eurocup this summer, and now it's time to resume the competitions. This is how the League of Nations appears, for Roberto Martínez's Belgium (No. 1 in the FIFA Ranking) on September 5 and 8, against Denmark and Iceland, away and at home, respectively. The Spanish coach considers the first duel particularly interesting, since the Danes are also waiting for them in the group stage of the European Championship.

Roberto Martínez has released the list for these first two days of the League of Nations, composed of 29 players. In it, the presence of the two Madridistas, Courtois and Hazard, captain of the Belgian Red Devils, stands out. The rojiblanco Yannick Carrasco will accompany them from Spain. They are some of the outstanding names of a squad that includes the Alderweireld, Witsel, Tielemans, De Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard, Mertens or Lukaku.

The absences of other Belgian historical figures such as Vermaelen, Batshuayi and Benteke, all three included in the previous citation, in November are striking. The center-back, in fact, started against Russia, on a night in which the Chelsea attacker had 13 minutes. Benteke, for his part, scored a double against Cyprus. Roberto Martínez explained it like this: "Batshuayi and Benteke will not be there because we have had direct contact with their clubs and it turned out that it was better for them not to travel or leave their training camp. It is not a technical decision. Benteke is part of our plans and Batshuayi has a difficult season, but he has a lot of credit for what he did before here. (...). With Vermaelen we are still checking the situation with the Japanese government. If the paperwork is done, he will be with us. "

The other side of the coin is played by the first-timers in a call-up: Jérémy Doku, 18-year-old Anderlecht winger, and his teammate Landry Dimata, 22-year-old forward. Likewise, Koen Casteels (28) returns more than a year later, Wolfsburg goal.


Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Bruges) and Hendrik van Crombrugge (Anderlecht). 444 444

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Elias Cobbaut (Anderlecht), Jason Denayer (Olympique Lyon), Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton), Brandon Mechele (Bruges) and Jan Vertonghen (Benfica) .

Rainers: Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid), Timothy Castagne (Atalanta), Nacer Chadli (Monaco), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund) and Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund) .

Midfielders: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Dennis Praet (Leicester), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Bruges) and Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) .

Wingers and midfielders: Jeremy Doku (Anderlecht), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Naples), Divock Origi (Liverpool), Leandro Trossard (Brighton) and Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht). 444 444

Forwards: Landry Dimata (Anderlecht) and Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) .

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