Belgium are heading into UEFA Euro 2020 as one of the favourites to go all the way and win their first major international trophy under the highly talented golden generation of footballers. We take a detailed look at Belgium’s possible Euro 2020 squad and how they are likely to lineup with their best possible starting lineup in the tournament.
Belgium FA will announced the final 26-man squad by 11th May 2021 under the UEFA regulations and once the official squad is confirmed we will update this page. For now here is the possible 23-man squad and how Belgium might lineup in their first group game.
Belgium’s Possible 26-Man Squad For Euro 2020:
Eden Hazard has been declared fit and he is finally getting some minutes with Real Madrid towards the end of the season. Even half fit Hazard will surely join the squad while the likes of De Bruyne, Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois and Toby Alderweireld are the spine of the team and they will surely be key players for Belgium. Rest of the squad is pretty solid as well to say the least.
|1||Thibaut Courtois||Real Madrid||28||GK|
|3||Simon Mignolet||Club Brugge||33||GK|
|4||Dedryck Boyata||Hertha Berlin||30||Defender|
|8||Timothy Castagne||Leicester City||25||Defender|
|9||Thomas Meunier||Borussia Dortmund||29||Defender|
|11||Youri Tielemans||Leicester City||23||Midfielder|
|12||Dennis Praet||Leicester City||26||Midfielder|
|13||Axel Witsel||Borussia Dortmund||32||Midfielder|
|14||Hans Vanaken||Club Brugge||28||Midfielder|
|15||Charles De Ketelaere||Club Brugge||20||Midfielder|
|17||Yannick Carrasco||Atletico Madrid||27||Midfielder|
|18||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City||29||Midfielder|
|19||Thorgan Hazard||Borussia Dortmund||28||Forward|
|20||Adnan Januzaj||Real Sociedad||26||Forward|
|22||Eden Hazard||Real Madrid||30||Forward|
|23||Romelu Lukaku||Inter Milan||27||Forward|
National Team Coach: Roberto Martínez
Roberto Martínez has been Belgium head coach since before the FIFA World Cup 2018 where Belgium performed pretty well and it took eventual champions France to knockout Belgium in the semifinals of the tournament. Alot more is expected from this squad which is reaching its peak and Martinez must get to the final for this campaign to be a success.
Possible Starting Lineup:
Belgium are likely to play 3-4-3 system which have worked so well under Roberto Martinez. The system utilize the some of the top Belgium players in a way it plays to their strengths. A fit hazard on the left with Lukaku leading the line and Kevin De Bruyne playing in advance role on the right side of the attack. Yuri Tielemans and Witsel to deployed in central midfield roles while Castagne and Munier to play as wingbacks. Alderweireld, Denayer and Vertoghen to play as 3 man defense ahead of inform Thibaut Courtois.
That is the full stength Belgium side however considering injuries and played availability this system is quite flexible with fringle players like Mertens, Carrasco, Thorgan Hazard available as like to like replacments.
Players To Watch out For: There are usual suspects of Hazard, De Bruyne but this Belgium side is much more than just the individual brilliance. Players like Yuri Tielesman who had a impressive season with Leicester City will be one to watch out for who Roberto Martinez will be hoping will help control the midfield and pace of the game alongside Witsel.