Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots has included Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj in his provisional World Cup squad ahead of next month’s finals in Brazil.
The 19-year-old only declared for Belgium last month, but his impressive performances in this, his breakthrough season, have convinced Wilmots to take him to South America this summer.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku and his teammate Eden Hazard also makes the cut - Hazard’s brother, Thorgan, makes the standby list - as do Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen of Arsenal and Tottenham, respectively.
Other Premier League names in the Belgium squad include Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini, Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is expected to return to Stamford Bridge this summer following three years on loan with Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid.
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Belgium’s World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Mignolet, Casteels/Proto
Defenders: Alderweireld, Vanden Borre, Ciman, Kompany, Van Buyten, Vermaelen, Lombaerts, Vertonghen
Midfielder: Witsel, Defour, Fellaini, Dembélé, Chadli, De Bruyne
Forwards: Lukaku, Origi, Hazard, Mertens, Mirallas, Januzaj
Standby list: Nainggolan, Pocognoli, Hazard, Gillet, Batshuayi, Van Damme