Belgium vs. Portugal - Football Match Report

Eden Hazard in action against Republic of Ireland's Séamus Coleman at the Euros in 2016

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.

Despite Belgium boasting talent including Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku in their XI the hosts failed to find top gear against a stodgy Portugal side that toiled creatively without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on holiday following the Champions League final.

Kompany pulled up with a groin injury in the Red Devils' warm-up game in a goalless draw against Portugal at the VTM Stadion in Brussels on Saturday.

The headline (ish) news is that Vincent Kompany has been included despite succumbing to a groin strain in Saturday's friendly against Portugal - an injury which many felt would see the captain forced to sit out.

Vincent Kompany was substituted shortly after half time after suffering an injury, however that was one of few negatives for Roberto Martinez as his team played fairly well.

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"Until 24 hours before we can still make a replacement", he said.

Benteke, who missed the 2014 tournament due to injury, was a long way short of his best in 2017-18 for the Eagles, as he netted a meagre three goals in 31 Premier League games.

Belgium began with their strongest possible 11, apart from the injured Axel Witsel and Thomas Vermaelen, and a trial three-man defence.

However, he added: "If on 17 June, Vinny is not fit, he's not going to go to the World Cup".

"I can not be fully satisfied because of Vincent Kompany's injury but apart from that it was the test we needed", Martinez said. Martinez's team plays Panama, Tunisia and England in Group G in Russian Federation.

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