Belgium World Cup squad: News and analysis ahead of Qatar 2022 team announcement

Having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup twice in their history, Belgium hope to make a further leap by qualifying for the final in Qatar.

Roberto Martinez has a team with plenty of strength down deep and with a favorable draw they look like strong contenders to eventually lift the trophy.

‘The Golden Generation’ are hoping to live up to the name they have been given as this could be the last chance to lift the silverware for Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who are at the end of their careers.

But with a team that boasts of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Youri Tielemans and Yannick Carrasco will believe they have every chance of winning this winter’s tournament.

Belgium is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Belgium’s newest international team

Guardians: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Simon Mignolet (Club Bruges), Matz Sels (Racing Strasbourg)

Defenders: Dedryck Boyata (Club Bruges), Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Wout Faes (Leicester), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Arthur Theate (Rennes), Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Toby Alderweireld (Antwerp), Jason Denayer (Al-Ahli ), Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht)

Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan), Leander Dendocker (Aston Villa), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Amadou Onana (Everton), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Youri Tielemans (Leicester)

Forwards: Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Leandro Trossard (Brighton), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray), Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce), Dodi Lukebakio (Hertha Berlin), Lois Openda (Lens) )

Recent international calls from Belgium

Guardians: Thomas Kaminski (Blackburn Rovers)

Defenders: Thomas Foket (Reims)

Midfielders: Dennis Praet (Leicester), Orel Mangala (Nottingham Forest)

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Christian Benteke (DC United), Divock Origi (AC Milan), Adnan Januzaj (Sevilla)

Friday, October 21: Preliminary roster list (35-55 players) to be submitted

Monday, November 14: Final list of 23 to 26 players to submit

Tuesday 15 November: FIFA will officially announce the 32 teams

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