Belgium include Vincent Kompany but Christian Benteke misses out

Belgium include Vincent Kompany but Christian Benteke misses out

Belgium include Vincent Kompany but Christian Benteke misses out

The latter enjoyed a sensational season for Manchester City and was a arguably the key man in their record-breaking Premier League campaign.

Vincent Kompany has been named in Belgium's World Cup squad despite picking up an injury on Saturday. Still, he's heading to Russian Federation and Belgium certainly have plenty of cover in that area of the pitch with Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen all in the squad, plus Laurent Ciman on stand-by.

Manchester City captain Kompany, 32, suffered a groin injury during Saturday's goalless draw with Portugal.

"We need to make the final squad 24 hours before Panama [on June 18] so, until then, we're going to try to give the maximum time to see what the reaction is with Vinny".

"You could feel that when he came off we were all very much anxious", Martinez said. But Tunisia (another of England and Belgium's World Cup opponents) had faced Portugal earlier this week and had posed a far greater threat than anything Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard could muster here.

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"Vincent Kompany is a true leader", Martinez told the media.

"Christian Benteke has been the toughest decision".

Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels, Watford's Christian Kabasele and fellow defender Jordan Lukaku of Lazio are the other players to miss out, while Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman is on standby. "His leadership is essential for us".

"We have two number nines - Michy Batshuayi and Romelu Lukaku have taken those positions".

It had been thought Adnan Januzaj and Leander Dendoncker would miss out after a television report showed footage of mattresses with labels identifying the players who would use them being prepared to be sent to Russian Federation by a Belgian company.

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