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  1. Wilmots is crazy about Januzaj though, besides Mirallas is still injured and Mertens is more effective coming from the left or the middle.

    Unless Januzaj makes a crushing impression in the next 3 friendlies I don't think he will start either. I reckon Mirallas will be fit again when the tournament starts so it will be either him, De Bruyne (Fellaini on the mdfield) or Mertens.

    I think Wilmots recognizes a lot of his 2001-2002 season in Fellaini's current situation. I'm guessing Fellaini's gonna start instead of Dembele or with De Bruyne on the right-wing and Witsel-Dembele-Fellaini on the midfield.

  2. It's wrong to hope for a minor injury to someone so Thorgan gets in right? :(

    What's your link with Thorgan Hazard btw Philip? Don't get me the wrong way, I think he's a talented kid. But not in the same league as let's say Januzaj. It's hard to imagine where he would fit in, instead of who?

    I hope so. He's much better than Fellaini & Defour.

    Cant believe Nainggolan was left out while he had a better season than the above 3

    I'm not a Defour fan but he has proven Wilmots his worth the past campaign. And Fellaini... despite all the schtick he's been getting, he has a pretty unique profile. If he performs at his top level he wins like 95 % of the aerial duals in both defense and midfield and is a considerable threat during set pieces. He might not be the most technical or mobile player, but you have Dembele or Witsel for that.

    I dunno, for me it's a very logical selection with the right balance of players who deserve to be there and players we need, even though there might be players missing who deserved to be there.

  3. Yeah. That is what I mean but I doubt it too but a lot of countries will know they pose a threat against anyone. Defence is the weak point. Look forward to seeing Aurier though.

    Had them as dark horses in the previous world cups. But today their golden generation is getting kinda old.

  4. Where did you get that?

    I was listening to the press conference and he briefly talked about Januzaj. Didn't hear him say he isn't likely to play.

    What I heard was a reporter asking Wilmots if Januzaj was taken along so he could play and bind himself to Belgium? To which Wilmots replied that it is not certain Januzaj will play, but he wants him along for the experience anyway.

    Maybe that's the part Philip was referring to? It's different than saying he's not likely to play though.

  5. The problem with Nainggolan is that he's seen as defensive/controlling midfielder. On that position he has to compete with Witsel, Fellaini and Defour. 3 player who already earned their place in the qualifiers.

    I don't think Chadli is THAT highly rated over here. But he's seen as either a nr 10 or a right-winger, so not a direct competitor to Nainngolan. And again Chadli also earned his credit the past two years where Radja is more or less seen as a new guy.

  6. Wilmots said Januzaj isn't likely to play and is mainly going for experience.

    Well tbf, he said it's not certain he's going to play, not that he's not likely.

    Very good squad though. Origi is a very big surprise! 5 goals in 25 appearances not exactly setting the world on fire.

    Watched 2 of his games season and must say he's quite a talent though. Already very complete player. Although he still very raw.

  7. I like how ours sounds like it's from Game of Thrones in English :D

    wp Netherlands.

    Cameroon's obviously should have been "Hear me roar" or "A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep". Missed opportunity. :/

    I think most slogans suffer a bit from the English translation, where in their original language there's a bit of rhyme to it.

    They're still cheesy as **** though. :D

  8. IMHO it's the best England squad in years. The past tournaments there were always a couple of players in the squad like Lennon, Heskey or Carragher that made you go like 'him, really?'.

    But I think most players in this selection had a superb season and really deserved to be there. (although I'm not a big fan of Smalling)

    Should be an interesting tournament for England.

  9. Team wise looking forward to Belgium and how well they cope, most people will be expecting them to make the last 8, but could so easily bomb out at the group stages.

    People rate us too highly. I'm hoping for the second round but given that fact we're playing two very solid but relatively unknown teams (South Korea and Russia) and our poor record when it comes to Norh African teams (Algeria) I can see us screwing it up.

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