Martinez targets trophy as he names Belgium’s Euro 2020 squad


Belgium coach Roberto Martinez mentioned his goal was to elevate the trophy as he named a 26-strong squad for Euro 2020 on Monday.

Former Everton boss Martinez nevertheless mentioned he felt England could be favourites for the event however was planning to scupper Gareth Southgate’s males as was the case within the 2018 World Cup’s third-place play off.

“We’re stronger than we have been on the final World Cup,” Martinez advised tv channel RTBF.

“Lots of our gamers have extra expertise on the high degree now.

“England have an outstanding era of younger gamers and may have house benefit for many of their matches particularly if there are followers,” Martinez added.

Axel Witsel has been included within the squad though he underwent an operation on his Achilles tendon in January and resumed working just some days in the past, leaving his availability for the June 11-July 11 event unsure.

“With a squad prolonged to 26 (as a substitute of 23), I can take this threat (on Witsel), he is a novel participant,” mentioned Martinez.

The squad, which additionally features a stand-by checklist of 11 gamers, have to be formally declared to UEFA by June 1 on the newest.

Belgium, the world’s top-ranked aspect, have been drawn in Group B and can play Russia on June 12, Denmark 5 days later and Finland on June 21.

Belgium squad

Goalkeepers (3): Thibaut Courtois (Actual Madrid/ESP), Simon Mignolet (Membership Brugge), Matz Sels (Strasbourg/FRA)

Defenders (7): Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham/ENG), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin/GER), Jason Denayer (Lyon/FRA), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica/POR), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe/JPN), Timothy Castagne (Leicester/ENG), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund/GER)

Midfielders (9): Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Nacer Chadli (Istanbul Basaksehir/TUR), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis/ENG), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Dennis Praet (Leicester/ENG), Youri Tielemans (Leicester/ENG), Hans Vanaken (Membership Brugge), Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund/GER)

Forwards (7): Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace/ENG), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace/ENG), Jeremy Doku (Rennes/FRA), Eden Hazard (Actual Madrid/ESP), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan/ITA), Dries Mertens (Napoli/ITA), Leandro Trossard (Brighton/ENG)

Stand-by checklist (11): Thomas Kaminski (Blackburn/ENG), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan/ITA), Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht), Bryan Heynen (Genk), Thomas Foket (Reims/FRA), Adnan Januzaj (Actual Sociedad/ESP), Brandon Mechele (Membership Brugge), Jordan Lukaku (Antwerp), Zinho Vanheusden (Commonplace Liege), Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht), Charles De Ketelaere (Membership Brugge)

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