Euro 2024 – Belgium list: Thibaut Courtois absent from the Belgian list for the European Championship

Euro 2024 – Belgium list: Thibaut Courtois absent from the Belgian list for the European Championship
Euro 2024 – Belgium list: Thibaut Courtois absent from the Belgian list for the European Championship

Not ready” after his recent return from a long injury, Thibaut Courtois is absent from Belgium’s list for Euro 2024 in Germany, unveiled Tuesday by coach Domenico Tedesco. Pillar of Belgium over the past decade, the goalkeeper of The 32-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in his left knee in August 2023, which, combined with a torn meniscus in March, caused him to miss most of the season.

He was honest with me, very early in the way he communicates, he knows his body, it’s one thing to play three or four matches“, another to make the Euro, declared Domenico Tedesco, in reference to the four La Liga matches played with Real Madrid in May. “He is not ready for the Euro, and we have to play with those who can“, summarized the Italian-German, who succeeded Roberto Martinez in February 2023.

The coach has chosen who will be the number 1 goalkeeper between Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Matz Sels (Nottingham Forest) and Thomas Kaminski (Luton) but confided that he must “talk to them first“Tedesco also chose to take midfielder Axel Witsel, 35, who played defender with Atletico Madrid this season.”He brings quality, he is one of the players who has played the most with Atletico Madrid. We need him, he is experienced, he can help young people, whether he plays or not“, he explained.

Defender Jan Vertonghen, who at 37 now plays for Anderlecht, was also called up for his experience. On the other hand, Marseillais Michy Batshuayi, 30 years old, was not selected: “We couldn’t afford a third scorer“after Romelu Lukaku and Loïs Openda, said Domenico Tedesco. To guarantee a “good balance“, the coach called up very young players, such as Arthur Vermeeren, 19, defensive midfielder for Atletico Madrid.

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To prepare for the Euro which begins in mid-June, Belgium will face Montenegro on June 5 and Luxembourg on June 8. The Red Devils are in Group E with Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.

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