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Benteke Named In Preliminary World Cup Squad

21 May 2018

Christian Benteke has been named in Belgian’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup, the number being reduced to 23 on the 4th June.

Roberto Martinez managed Belgium through the World Cup qualifiers in style as the nation won nine out of their 10games. 

He has named his 28-man squad ahead of World Cup warm-up matches against Portugal (June 2), Egypt (June 6) and Costa Rica (June 11).

Once the final 23-man squad has been confirmed, those players will travel to Russia for the World Cup campaign which will start for the Red Devils in Sochi against Panama on June 18 before they come up against England and Tunisia.

After making his first full international appearance for his country in 2010 the 27-year-old striker has won 32 caps for his country, scoring 12 goals and now will be hoping to add to that record in those friendlies ahead of the tournament. 

Provisional Belgium squad:

Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Matz Sels (Newcastle United).

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris St-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian).

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).

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