Belgium and Algeria have named their squads for the World Cup Finals with Tottenham’s trio of Belgians included in the selection. Algeria have named Nabil Bentaleb in their provisional squad for the finals in Brazil.
After Tottenham’s two England World Cup hopefuls missed out through injury, the three Belgium players at Spurs have been selected in their country’s squad despite of having had injury problems over the past weeks and months.
Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chaldi played a significant part in Belgium’s qualifying games but in recent weeks only Chadli has played for Tottenham although he missed the last two games against West Ham and Aston Villa through injury.
Vertonghen hasn’t played for Spurs since limping off early in the 4-goal defeat at Anfield at the end of March while Dembele has been troubled wit injury problems for much of the second half of the season. He has been in and out of the team and returned to play the first half against Southampton at White Hart Lane. He was substituted at half-time with Tim Sherwood commenting about his lack of fitness after injury. Since then he has made two short second half substitute appearances, the last one against Fulham.
Vertonghen has returned to training but wasn’t regarded as being fit enough to play in the final games of the season. All three will have to prove their fitness to the Belgian coach before their opening World Cup game against Algeria in mid-June.
The three Belgians might be facing a Tottenham colleague as Nabil Bentaleb has been included in the Algeria squad. With options to play for France and Algeria, Bentaleb opted for Algeria with immediate inclusion in their World Cup squad.
Bentaleb was one of the players who benefited from Tim Sherwood’s time as manager at Tottenham. He was promoted from the Under-21 team, making an unexpected debut as a second half substitute at Southampton. He made his full debut in the FA Cup tie against Arsenal and held his place starting 14 out of the next 17 games and finished the season with 20 appearances.
Tottenham At the World Cup:
Belgium: Vertonghen, Dembele, Chadli
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