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Dendoncker in Belgium squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker has been selected by Belgium for their forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The 23-year-old utility man is part of Roberto Martinez’s 28-man squad who will play Russia at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels on Thursday night and Cyprus away on Sunday evening.

Dendoncker, who has six full caps and was part of the squad that finished third in last summer’s World Cup, is one of nine Premier League players picked by former Everton manager Martinez.

Also selected are goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and striker Divock Origi from Liverpool, Tottenham defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has also been named in the squad after missing the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Wolves with an ankle injury.

Martinez has also picked former Premier League players Thibaut Courtois, the Real Madrid goalkeeper who used to play for Chelsea, Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen and once of Arsenal, ex-Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, now of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, former Albion midfielder Nacer Chadli, now of Monaco, and Adnan Januzaj, who is now at Real Sociedad but was once of Manchester United and Sunderland (loan).