Soccer-Belgium back to full strength for Nations League games
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium returned to a full-strength as coach Roberto Martinez named a 32-man squad on Wednesday for four Nations League matches next month.
He chose to leave out his regulars in the last international window for friendlies against Ireland and Burkina Faso, using the opportunity to give fringe players the chance to impress ahead of the World Cup finals in Qatar."It's too many people with too much alcohol, the majority without tickets for the game and lots of construction sites around the city, a recipe that could lead to serious problems," Juan Carlos Castro Estevez, Spain's General Commissioner for Citizen Security, said at a briefing with high-ranking National Police officers on Tuesday."Is not often that we are able to reach a European final, so we have to enjoy this moment and make sure we don't cause any trouble," Van Bronckhorst told a news conference on Tuesday.The Scottish club, who are in their first Europa League final since finishing runners-up in 2008, will be bidding to win a second European trophy 50 years after they claimed the 1972 Cup Winners' Cup.
But the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, now recovered from injury, were all named for the matches against the Netherlands, Poland and Wales.Belgian host their Dutch neighbours in Brussels on June 3 and Poland on June 8 before going to Wales on June 11 and Poland in Warsaw on June 14.While warning that the policing operation will be one of the most"difficult challenges they have ever had," he said he was confident the showpiece could pass off without major problems."The last match camp I was trying to see a little less experienced players in that environment, and I thought the experience was really valuable for us to get information.You bring 50 people and they cause chaos," Van Bronckhorst said.But this is the real competitive camp, we got four games inside 14 days, something that we've never done before," Martinez told a news conference."We will host two fanbases that drink a lot."That's why we need a lot of bodies.There is a lot of quality in this squad.
Because every day is important for us to work."But we sincerely believe that we have sufficient and prepared units to counteract the problems..This is a very experienced group.We've been working now for six years, we know each other very, very well."All the trains from Madrid and Malaga are sold out and we are expecting a massive arrival of charter flights to Seville, Mallorca, Canary Islands, Malaga, Jerez and Faro where we believe around 30,000 Rangers fans will stay, coming to Seville by buses on Wednesday," he said.And it's important that we have time together," he added.There are a lot of people working hard to accommodate us.Forwards Christian Benteke and Divock Origi were left out while Jeremy Doku is being given time to continue his recovery from injury.Eintracht only had 5,000 tickets to their quarter-final at Barcelona and 30,000 showed up somehow at Camp Nou."They don't come around very often.
Belgium, who recently lost top place in the FIFA rankings, take on Canada, Morocco and Croatia in Group F at the World Cup in November and December.Squad: Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Matz Sels (Racing Strasbourg) Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Al Duhail), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Jason Denayer (Olympique Lyon), Wout Faes, Thomas Foket (both Stade Reims), Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Arthur Theate (Bologna), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica) Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Amadou Onana (Lille), Dennis Praet (Torino), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Besiktas), Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Lois Openda (Vitesse Arnhem), Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion).Rangers are playing in their first European final since the 2008 Europa League when they lost to Zenit St Petersburg in Manchester -- an occasion marred by crowd violence."Our fans will be a factor.(Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ed Osmond) Article type: metered.
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