Adnan Januzaj dropped by Belgium for Euro qualifiers

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has dropped Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.

AFP| Updated: Mar 20, 2015, 20:07 PM IST
 Adnan Januzaj dropped by Belgium for Euro qualifiers

Brussels: Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has dropped Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.

The 20-year old had featured in every squad, including for last year`s World Cup, since deciding to play international football for Belgium last April.

"I have no doubts at all about his quality, it`s just that there`s little chance to see him, for him to show that quality," Wilmots said in a press conference on Friday.

Anderlecht`s Anthony Vanden Borre, Barcelona`s Thomas Vermaelen and Everton`s Kevin Mirallas are also missing while Marseille`s breakthrough striker Michy Batshuayi was awarded his first Belgium call-up.

The 21-year old, who joined the Ligue 1 title contenders this summer, has scored six goals, including four in the last three games, this season.

The Red Devils face Cyprus in a Group B qualifier in Brussels in March 28 before heading to Israel on March 31.

After just one win and two draws, Belgium, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, are fourth with Cyprus a point ahead on third and Israel leading the pack with a four-point lead.
Squad

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/ENG), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/ENG), Jean-François Gillet (Catania/ITA)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Southampton/ENG), Laurent Ciman (Impact Montreal/CAN), Laurens De Bock (Club Brugge), Jason Denayer (Celtic Glasgow/SCO), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/ENG), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint-Petersbourg/RUS), Thomas Meunier (Club Brugge), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg/GER), Steven Defour (Anderlecht), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United/ENG), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma/ITA), Axel Witsel (Zenit Saint-Petersbourg/RUS)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Olympique Marseille/FRA), Christian Benteke (Aston Villa/ENG), Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (AS Monaco/FRA), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/ENG), Romelu Lukaku (Everton/ENG), Dries Mertens (Naples/ITA), Divock Origi (Lille/FRA)