Januzaj makes Belgium provisional World Cup squad

Radja Nainggolan is not included in the provisional squad while the Manchester United teenager and Divock Origi are the only surprise inclusions

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has announced his provisional squad for next month’s World Cup, including Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj in the list of players.

The Red Devils have been drawn in Group H of the showpiece in Brazil, alongside Russia, Algeria and South Korea, kicking the tournament off against Algeria on June 17.

And Wilmots has announced a squad of 24 plus a list of six players on a standby list, who will slot in should there be any injuries to those in the original squad.

The coach has named teenager Januzaj in his squad, which will be cut by one player before the tournament begins.

Alongside the 19-year-old are usual suspects Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, Marouane Feillaini and Romelu Lukaku. Axel Witsel is also called up.

The only other surprise inclusion is Lille’s 19-year-old forward Divock Origi, who has scored five times in 29 Ligue 1 games this season.  

Koen Casteels remains a doubt for the tournament as he is struggling with injury. If he isn’t fit for the tournament, Silvio Proto will take his position.

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan is not included in the team, but is named on the standby list of players alongside the likes of Thorgan Hazard, Guillaume Gillet and Standard Liege youngster Michy Batshuayi.

Full squad: 

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Silvio Proto

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Laurent Ciman, Anthony Vanden Borre, Vincent Kompany, Daniel Van Buyten, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Nicolas Lombaerts

Midfielders: Axel Witsel, Steven Defour, Marouane Fellaini, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne

Forwards: Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Divock Origi, Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallas, Adnan Januzaj

Standby list: Sebastien Pocognoli, Jelle Van Damme, Thorgan Hazard, Radja Nainggolan, Michy Batshuayi, Guillaume Gillet

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