Roberto Martinez will announce, this Friday afternoon in Tubize, his selection for the qualifying matches of Euro 2020 football in San Marino (September 6, Serravalle at 20:45) and Scotland (September 9, Glasgow at 20:45 ). The Catalan has already announced that there will be renewal.
In this very beginning of the season, the coach must take into account several packages especially in his defense. Vincent Kompany suffers from a muscle tear. Dedryck Boyata, his replacement at the start of the last World Cup last year in Russia, has not yet played with his club Hertha Berlin because of an injury to ischios. Thomas Vermaelen who can also evolve to this position at the center of the defense joined Japan and Vissel Kobe. Jan Vertonghen, another unmissable pawn, fell out of favor with Tottenham, where he not only lost his spot, but did not get a single minute of play in three games.
Christian Kabasele also lost his place in Watford.
Martinez can however rely on Jason Denayer, promoted captain in Lyon, but also on Björn Engels author of very good debut with Aston Villa in the Premier League. He could thus obtain a first selection in three and a half years, the first under Martinez.
The concern of the boss of the Red Devils is not limited to the central defense. Eden and Thorgan Hazard are on the sidelines, injured first in the thigh, the second on the ribs. On the flank also Timothy Castagne. To overcome these very likely absences, we should review Yannick Carrasco. A "Chinese" devil, Mousa Dembélé, could also be taken back.
Despite these times, travel to San Marino and Scotland should not really worry the first team in the FIFA ranking.
Belgium occupies first place in its group I with a maximum of twelve out of twelve points.