It is well known, there are nearly 11 million breeders in Belgium! And many of you played the game on your favorite site. This Thursday noon, Roberto Martinez will give his 26 players who will fly to the World Cup in Qatar For months, we have been offering you to put yourself in the shoes of the national coach and designate your group for this great competition. Here is the verdict.
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The goalkeepers: a well-established logic in the cages
For the position of goalkeeper, no surprise. Thibaut Courtois is the player who received the most votes. Then come the future Golden Shoe Simon Mignolet and Koen Casteels.
Those selected: Courtois, Mignolet and Casteels.
The non-selected: Salts, Kaminski, Van Crombrugge and Bodart.
The defenders: jailers and a big surprise
In defense, all the captains are present. Despite their return to the Jupiler Pro League, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Dedryck Boyata are present in your selection! The latter is also a little surprise as his level at Club Brugge has not convinced since his return.
Arthur Theate is also acclaimed, certainly thanks to his left-handed profile. Leander Dendoncker is a safe bet and is the fourth choice of Internet users. The Aston Villa midfielder hasn’t played much under Steven Gerrard but has been picking up steam in recent weeks. Above all, it is valuable thanks to its versatility.
Wout Faes has positively surprised DH readers since moving to Leicester City this summer. Hard on the man, he established himself as the number one behind. The last ticket is snatched by… Zeno Debast. A big surprise! The 18-year-old defender convinced you during his two games in September and represents the future of our national team.
The big loser on your list is obviously Jason Denayer. The former Lyonnais is paying for his very late transfer to Saudi Arabia and his lack of rhythm.
Those selected: Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dendoncker, Theate, Boyata, Faes and Debast.
The non-selected: Denayer, Mechele, Bornauw, Delcroix, Vanheusden, Van der Heyden.
Midfielders: Onana and Vanaken on the gong
Seven players obtained nearly 20,000 votes: De Bruyne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco, Meunier, Castagne and T. Hazard. The first city will be our number one asset in Qatar.
Behind this small group, two players stood out. Amadou Onana brings a profile to the Marouane Fellaini which we miss in the national team. According to you, he would therefore bring size and muscle to the midfield. As he demonstrated in the Netherlands in particular.
Finally, the youngest is none other than Hans Vanaken. The Brugeois has been very good during his recent outings with the Red Devils.
Among the disappointed, we can note Alexis Saelemaekers, champion with AC and back after an injury. But also Dennis Praet who was present at the Euro. The other suitors started from further back in the mind of Roberto Martinez.
Those selected: De Bruyne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco, Meunier, Castagne, T. Hazard, Onana and Vanaken.
The non-selected: Praet, Saelemaekers, Verschaeren, Mangala, Sambi-Lokonga and Foket.
The attackers: a top of the class, a rocket and another losing speed
This Thursday, we’ll be holding our breath for Romelu Lukaku. In your mind, he is our number one asset in attack. Still injured, it is hoped that he will be recovered in time for the first round otherwise Roberto Martinez will not take him back. As number two, Michy Batshuayi has imposed himself in your mind as in that of the Spanish coach.
Despite his lack of playing time at Real, Eden Hazard remains one of the first names you put on the sheet. Just like his natural replacement Leandro Trossard. The Leuvenist is in his life’s form at Brighton and is your third choice.
For the last three places, we had to decide. Despite a delicate situation at AC Milan, Charles De Ketelaere collected more than 17,000 votes. A very nice score. Just like the Jeremy Doku rocket. Very often injured since he filed his business card against Italy during the Euro, the winger has an unusual profile in the national team.
The youngest in attack is none other than Dries Mertens. The pixie has been losing feathers for several months now. Icon in Naples, he went into exile in Galatasaray. At 35, he is no longer considered a priority by Internet users but is still part of the selection.
In this compartment of the game, Loïs Openda and Dodi Lukebakio are the two non-selected who would probably deserve a place the most. The first is a hit in Lens while the second has recovered on the side of Hertha Berlin by being decisive almost every week in the Bundesliga. Divock Origi went further with a slow start to the adventure with AC Milan. While Benteke has been offside since moving to the MLS side.
Those selected: Lukaku, Hazard, Trossard, Batshuayi, De Ketealere, Doku and Mertens.
The non-selected: Openda, Origi, Lukebakio, Vanzeir and Januzaj.