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UEFA Euro 2020

Belgium predicted lineup vs Italy - Euro 2020

Tom Gott
Belgium will face Italy in the quarter-final of Euro 2020
Belgium will face Italy in the quarter-final of Euro 2020 / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images
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Having dispatched of Portugal in the last 16, Belgium's Euro 2020 job doesn't get any easier as they will battle with Italy for a spot in the semi-finals.

Roberto Martinez has spent the past week sweating over the fitness of both Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, neither of whom have returned to training after picking up injuries against Portugal.

With those two stars likely to miss out, here's how Belgium could line up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Thibaut Courtois
Courtois has conceded just once so far / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Thibaut Courtois (GK) - Courtois has conceded just once all summer and will be keen to get ahead of Gianluigi Donnarumma in the race for the Golden Glove.

Toby Alderweireld (CB) - Alderweireld impressed against Portugal but will need another top performance against Ciro Immobile.

Thomas Vermaelen (CB) - The oldest member of Belgium's oldest-ever defence, Vermaelen continues to look capable of performing at a high level.

Jan Vertonghen (CB) - Finishing off the trusty trio is Vertonghen, who used his experience to mask his lack of pace against Portugal. A professional performance.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Youri Tielemans
Tielemans could be his side's primary creator / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Thomas Meunier (RWB) - Timothy Castagne is out injured, so Meunier has no choice but to be fit for this one.

Youri Tielemans (CM) -
With De Bruyne not 100%, a lot of Belgium's creative responsibility will fall to Tielemans, but that is not something that will daunt him.

Axel Witsel (CM) - Against Portugal, Witsel didn't look like a man who is coming off the back of a serious injury. He was a solid anchor and will need to keep that up here.

Thorgan Hazard (LWB) - Hazard's screamer was the difference last time out, and he did surprisingly well in the unconventional wing-back role.

Dries Mertens (AM) - De Bruyne has missed a lot of training and is highly unlikely to start, so expect Mertens to be given the nod for this one.

Yannick Carrasco (AM) - It was Carrasco who replaced Hazard against Portugal and the Atletico Madrid man could keep his spot here.

3. Forward

Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku's main contender for the Golden Boot is out / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku (ST) - With Cristiano Ronaldo now out of the competition, Lukaku will be keen to start racking up the goals and climbing up the scoring charts.


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