Vincent Kompany Included in Belgium World Cup Squad, Christian Benteke Left out

Belgium vs Portugal: Team news, TV, injuries, potential lineups

Kompany is fresh from leading Manchester City to the Premier League title but picked up a groin injury during the 0-0 draw with Portugal in Brussels on Saturday.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has made a decision to take the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Nacer Chadli to the World Cup this summer, while the injured Vincent Kompany has been included despite injury.

Kompany has been included but his participation in the tournament is still in doubt, with Martinez confirming he will wait until the last possible moment before deciding whether or not to replace the 32-year-old with Laurent Ciman, who is on standby.

The veteran defender walked off the field early in the second half of Belgium's 0-0 draw with Portugal without waiting to be substituted.




Federation Internationale de Football Association required all nations to confirm their squads for the tournament by Monday, 4 June, and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has now made his final decision. "He performed in a fantastic manner when he was on the pitch". We need to make the outfield players squad 24 hours before Panama, that is the 17th of June.

The Spanish head coach trimmed his group down from an initial 28, with Crystal Palace striker Christian Beneteke missing out, along with Watford defender Christian Kabasele. Belgium play Panama on 18 June before facing other Group G opponents Tunisia and England.

"He is a true leader - his leadership is essential for us", the Spaniard added.

Last week, footage of 23 mattresses being loaded up by a Belgian bedding company before their departure for Russian Federation had people guessing who would miss out on a place.

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