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Belgium vs Canada World Cup lineup, starting 11 for Group F match at Qatar 2022

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Belgium’s golden generation begins its last stand when they face Canada in their opening game of Group F in Qatar.

This is likely to be a last World Cup for the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Jan Vertonghen, and so Roberto Martinez will hope for a result worthy of that mix of talent.

The Spaniard oversaw a third-placed finish last time out in Russia but will want even more from a group that has learned from its positive experiences at past major tournaments.

Below are the projected lineups for both teams.

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Belgium vs Canada lineups

Three points against Canada could discourage Belgium from taking any risks with Romelu Lukaku for their second group game against Morocco if Martinez’s words are anything to go by.

Of the striker, he said: “We’re very happy the way that he is progressing. He had a very good session yesterday, not with a group, but is progressing in a steady way.

“We haven’t got a timeline. I wouldn’t be able to tell if he’s going to be the second game or the third game.

“If I follow the medical advice, at this point it would be the third game. If I follow how the player feels, probably we’ve got a chance for the second game.”

Belgium projected starting 11

Belgium predicted lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 1. Courtois (GK) — 5. Alderweireld, 15. Vertonghen, 2. Debast — 6. Meunier, 21. Tielemans, 18. Witsel, 18. Carrasco — 18. De Bruyne, 14. Batshuayi, 10. E. Hazard

  • Injured: Lukaku
  • Suspended: none

With Lukaku ruled out with a thigh injury, Michy Batshuayi is likely to earn a start up front. 

Thomas Meunier (cheekbone) and Jan Vertonghen (knock) are on their way back from injury but could make the starting 11.

Canada projected starting 11

Canada predicted lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 18. Borjan (GK) — 2. Johnston, 5. Vitoria, 4. Miller — 11. Buchanan, 7. Eustaqio, 13. Hutchinson, 3. Adekugbe — 19. Davies, 17. Larin, 20. David

  • Injured: none
  • Suspended: none

Canada have received a timely triple fitness boost ahead of their first World Cup fixture since the 1986 edition of the competition.

Alphonso DaviesStephen Eustaqio and Milan Borjan have all been cleared to start despite having been doubts earlier in the week.

Belgium vs Canada World Cup squads

Here are the 26 names on each team’s squad lists at the World Cup in Qatar:

Belgium

Position No.1 Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid (SPA) 30 97
GK 12 Simon Mignolet Club Brugge (BEL) 34 35
GK 13 Koen Casteels Wolfsburg (GER) 30 4
DEF 2 Toby Alderweireld Royal Antwerp (BEL) 33 124
DEF 3 Arthur Theate Stade Rennes (FRA) 22 4
DEF 4 Wout Faes Leicester City (ENG) 24 1
DEF 5 Jan Vertonghen Anderlecht (BEL) 35 142
DEF 26 Zeno Debast Anderlecht (BEL) 18 3
DEF 19 Leander Dendoncker Aston Villa (ENG) 27 29
MID 21 Timothy Castagne Leicester City (ENG) 26 26
MID 15 Thomas Meunier Borussia Dortmund (GER) 31 59
MID 7 Kevin De Bruyne Man City (ENG) 31 94
MID 20 Hans Vanaken Club Brugge (BEL) 30 23
MID 8 Youri Tielemans Leicester City (ENG) 25 55
MID 18 Amadou Onana Everton (ENG) 21 2
MID 6 Axel Witsel Atletico Madrid (SPA) 33 127
MID 16 Thorgan Hazard Borussia Dortmund (GER) 29 45
FWD 9 Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan (ITA) 29 102
FWD 23 Michy Batshuayi Fenerbahce (TUR) 29 48
FWD 14 Dries Mertens Galatasaray (TUR) 35 107
FWD 22 Charles de Ketelaere AC Milan (ITA) 21 10
FWD 11 Yannick Carrasco Atletico Madrid (SPA) 29 60
FWD 10 Eden Hazard Real Madrid (SPA) 31 123
FWD 17 Leandro Trossard Brighton (ENG) 27 21
FWD 24 Lois Openda Lens (FRA) 22 5
FWD 25 Jeremy Doku Stade Rennes (FRA) 20 11

Canada

Position No. Player Club Age Caps 2022 World Cup
Qualifiers
GK 18 Milan Borjan Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 35 68 10
GK 16 James Pantemis CF Montreal (CAN) 25 0 0
GK 1 Dayne St. Clair Minnesota United (USA) 25 2 0
DEF 3 Sam Adekugbe Hatayspor (TUR) 27 34 12
DEF 25 Derek Cornelius Panetolikos (GRE) 24 14 1
DEF 2 Alistair Johnston CF Montreal (CAN) 24 30 14
DEF 22 Richie Laryea Toronto FC (CAN) 27 34 13
DEF 4 Kamal Miller CF Montreal (CAN) 25 29 12
DEF 5 Steven Vitoria GD Chaves (POR) 35 35 8
DEF 26 Joel Waterman CF Montreal (CAN) 26 2 0
MID 7 Stephen Eustaquio FC Porto (POR) 25 22 12
MID 8 Liam Fraser KMSK Deinze (BEL) 24 15 5
MID 13 Atiba Hutchinson Besiktas (TUR) 39 98 10
MID 14 Mark-Anthony Kaye Toronto FC (CAN) 27 38 10
MID 15 Ismael Kone CF Montreal (CAN) 20 6 0
MID 21 Jonathan Osorio Toronto FC (CAN) 30 57 13
MID 23 Liam Millar FC Basel (SWZ) 23 16 4
MID 6 Samuel Piette CF Montreal (CAN) 28 66 4
MID 24 David Wotherspoon St. Johnstone (SCO) 32 10 3
MID 10 Junior Hoilett Reading FC (ENG) 32 50 9
FWD 11 Tajon Buchanan Club Brugge (BEL) 23 26 13
FWD 9 Lucas Cavallini Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN) 29 34 5
FWD 20 Jonathan David LOSC Lille (FRA) 22 35 14
FWD 19 Alphonso Davies Bayern Munich (GER) 22 34 7
FWD 17 Cyle Larin Club Brugge (BEL) 27 55 10
FWD 12 Ike Ugbo Troyes (FRA) 24 8 4


Credit: sportingnews.com

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