Man City skipper Kompany makes Belgium World Cup squad

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 04/06/2018

Vincent Kompany, Belgium

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been included in Belgium's 2018 World Cup squad despite picking up a groin injury during Saturday's international friendly with Portugal as Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke misses out.

The 32-year-old center-back had been seen as a doubt for the tournament when he limped off the field at the weekend, but the Premier League winner has been included in Roberto Martinez's 23-man squad.

Benteke has been dropped with Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi, who ended the season on loan at Borussia Dortmund was taking ahead of former Liverpool striker

Kompany's City teammate Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi and Thibaut Courtois, and Manchester United duo Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Tottenham Hotspur trio Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld were all included in a squad with a strong Premier League influence.

While West Bromwich Albion's Nacer Chadli is included alongside former Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj.

Belgium will open their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18, before facing Tunisia and England.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad)