Coach Roberto Martinez has Anthony Limbombe selected for the friendly match against Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, 27 march at 20h45 in the Brussels King baudouin stadium. Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma), with whom Martinez a difficult relationship, was also selected. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) is remarkable enough.
After the oefengalop against Saudi Arabia follow in early June for the Devils have three matches in their preparation for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, respectively Portugal (2/6), Egypt (6/6) and Costa Rica (11/6). On Monday, June 18 will it really be for the marbles with the first groepsmatch in Sochi against Panama.
“As many players as possible to see it working”
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is not recalled, but Martinez wants the striker is not yet final write-off for world cup selection. “Christian remains in the picture, I want for the match against Saudi Arabia new players to try out,” said Roberto Martinez. “We know Christian very well, he is there just not this time.”
Anthony Limbombe is. Will he get a chance against Saudi Arabia? “Anthony has this call-up earned, we will see how he responds in the group. We need as many players as possible to see you for our final world cup selection.”
“Limbombe is very regularly been this season,” said Roberto Martinez further. “Anthony is a very interesting footballer. He has attacking forces and can properly defend it. With the injury of Nacer Chadli, we were sitting with a problem at that position.
“Raja will get the chance to show himself”
Also Radja Nainggolan has his place in the selection bite. The midfielder of AS Roma, which is a somewhat capricious relationship with Martinez, was also for the previous international matches in november called, but was with a liesblessure default. Nainggolan dropped in the meantime, however, again next to the field notice with images of a runaway new year party, but is not settled.
“That incident dates back from a long time ago and is at his club happened,” said Martinez. “Since then, there is a lot of football. Raja gets with the national team again, a chance to show what he can offer. Just like every other player he will have to show that he is a world cup selection deserves.”
Later decision on Alderweireld
“I’m not worried about the performance of Courtois and Hazard against Barcelona. It was a major game at the highest level. Barcelona plays at a high level and with a player like Lionel Messi is always on the small details. The players need to those experiences to bring to the future and to the national team. So their match was certainly not negative.”
Also Vincent Kompany (Manchester city) and Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), that the previous international matches with injuries, missed the party. Alderweireld seems to be not yet completely got rid of his sore hamstring. “But he works hard and it is good that he is back at the group,” said the Spaniard. “We are closely in contact with Tottenham and are well aware of his medical condition. We will later decide whether he was against Saudi Arabia plays.”
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The full selection:
Goalkeepers (4): Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg/Ger), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Eng), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/Eng), Matz Sels (Anderlecht)
Defenders (9): Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham/Eng), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic/Sch), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC/Usa), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/Eng), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio Rome/Ita), Thomas Meunier (PSG/Fra), Thomas Vermaelen (FC Barcelona/Spa), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham/Eng)
Midfielders (8): Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang/Chn), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Eng), Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham/Eng), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United/Eng), Anthony Limbombe (Club Brugge), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma/Ita), Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco/Fra), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian/Chn)
Attackers (7): Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund/Germany), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Eng), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Ger), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United/Eng), Dries Mertens (Napoli/Ita), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiacos/Gre), Divock Origi (Wolfsburg/Ger)