Belgium Release Official 23-Man Squad For The World Cup

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While Martinez is keen to have the Manchester City captain's qualities and experience, he will be dropped if he hasn't proved his fitness by June 17 - the day before they kick off their campaign in Sochi and FIFA's deadline for replacing any injured player in their squad.

Manchester City club captain Vincent Kompany will be flying to Russian Federation for the World Cup this summer, having been selected in Roberto Martinez's final squad, despite sustaining an injury in their most recent friendly.

Here at Pro Soccer Talk we will have a full list of the final squads for you when they're confirmed at around 11 a.m. ET today.

Of the five players the mystic mattresses foretold would be missing the World Cup, Leander Dendoncker and Adnan Januzaj are both in the 23, while Christian Benteke won't be going to Russian Federation (possibly due to being bobbins for at least 18 months).

An injury scare for Belgium defender Vincent Kompany was one of the few incidents of note in Saturday's goalless draw against Portugal.

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"Vincent Kompany is a leader", he said. "He performed in a fantastic manner when he was on the pitch. We need to wait a period of seven, eight days with Vincent then we will get a good opportunity to make a diagnosis".

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez told a news conference that it would probably take 48 hours to determine the severity of the injury.

Belgium will be relying on Vertonghen and his Spurs teammate Toby Alderweireld a lot in this summer's World Cup.

"I think the situation is very clear", said manager Martinez, whose Belgium side also face Tunisia and England this month. But it is for the balance of the squad.

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