Belgium name squad to face Scotland at Hampden

SCOTLAND face a strong-looking Belgium squad next Friday after coach Marc Wilmots named a 24-man party for the World Cup qualifier at Hampden.

Included are Barclays Premier League stars Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini - who continues to be the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a move from Everton to Manchester United - Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku. Belgium lead Group A on 19 points from second-placed Croatia.

Scotland have only pride to play for now in the group, but they achieved just that when they won 1-0 in Croatia thanks to Robert Snodgrass’s goal in their last World Cup group qualifier, and Gordon Strachan’s men also performed with credit during their 3-2 defeat to England at Wembley earlier this month.

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Strachan named his squad - minus the now internationally retired Kenny Miller - last Friday for the forthcoming matches against Belgium on Friday and Macedonia on Tuesday, 10 September..


Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Hoffenheim), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Ajax Amsterdam), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Guillaume Gillet (Anderlecht), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St. Petersburg), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hanover 96), Daniel van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Jelle van Damme (Standard Liege), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Everton), Timmy Simons (Club Bruges), Axel Witsel (Zenit St. Petersburg)

Forwards: Zakaria Bakkali (PSV Eindhoven), Christian Benteke (Aston Villa), Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku (all Chelsea), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Kevin Mirallas (Everton).