National coach Roberto Martinez has again added a few notable names to his selection for the friendly match against Ivory Coast and the Nations League duels against England and Iceland. Doku is there again, but Bornauw, Kayembe, Lukebakio, Saelemaekers and Vanheusden are also new faces in the A-team. In total, Martinez selected 33 players.
At the beginning of September, the Belgian choice lord surprised with Doku and Dimata as newcomers to the first team. Dimata is not there now, but 5 other new, young faces.
Sebastiaan Bornauw (Cologne), Joris Kayembe (Charleroi), Dodi Lukebakio (Hertha Berlin), Alexis Saelemaekers (Milan) in Zinho Vanheusden (Standard) received a first summons for the big boys. Bornauw, Saelemaekers and Vanheusden, however, only remain for the exhibition game against Ivory Coast, then they move back to the U23 team, who play a few crucial games in the European Championship preliminary round.
Martinez explains: “We pay a lot of attention to the development of the young people and I thought that Bornauw, Saelemaekers and Vanheusden deserved to be with the A-team. After Ivory Coast, they go back to the U23 team for the important match against Moldova. This is an opportunity, but they must also continue to play their important role with the U21. “
“Nobody plays 3 times, Eden only with us when he plays for Real”
Martinez called 33 players, because there are also 3 matches: “The starting point is that no one plays 3 matches. The match against Ivory Coast and the one against Switzerland in November offer opportunities to see certain players at work in certain positions. what we could possibly use with the Red Devils. “
“Those friendly matches are there to try out players. If we want to remain a leading country, we need more than 20 players.”
Eden Hazard, who struggled with his ankle for a long time, did not play in the 2 international matches in September. Zinedine Zidane did not use him at Real either. “But the past 2 weeks have been going really well for Eden. We believe he can compete with Real tonight and Sunday. If he’s 100 percent, Zidane wants to bring him. If Eden doesn’t play for Real, he won’t be for the national team play. “
In terms of injuries fell Januzaj last week, next to Thorgan Hazard who is out longer. Thomas Vermaelen may still not come from Japan for corona reasons, the coach hopes that this will be possible in November.
Yari Verschaeren has been called up, but the Anderlecht youngster tested positive for corona. “He doesn’t work at his club. He has no symptoms and hasn’t lost any physical form yet. We are waiting for the green light on Sunday, otherwise he won’t join the group,” said Martinez.
Landrey In the eyes is not there, because Christian Benteke returned fit. (read on below photo)
“Kayembe’s profile is hard to find”
Martinez calls the 1st selection for striker Lukebakio and winger Kayembe “very exciting”. What does he see in the 2? “Dodi has been very consistent at Hertha Berlin for 16 months, where he has an important role. We have followed him closely since his performance with the U21. He finished the season very strongly and didn’t get the chance to be there, this is his chance now. “
“Joris Kayembe has a very specific profile as a left-footed fullback. You don’t find that profile easy. He also reflects Charleroi’s good work in the competition. He played every minute and, as a back, determines the game of the league leader. If you do it right, you always have the chance to be called up. After the U21 he had a difficult period, but he has found his home at Charleroi. “(Read more under article)
Ivory Coast (8/10), England (11/10) and Iceland (14/10) without an audience
The Red Devils will play 3 matches between 8 and 14 October: Ivory Coast on 8 October in Brussels, England on 11 and Iceland on 14 outdoors. After their 2 victories in September, the Belgians are in the lead in the Nations League.
Ivory Coast replaces New Zealand, which canceled last week due to corona. According to UEFA protocol, the 3 matches will be without an audience.
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