Brussels — Vincent Kompany was officially left off Belgium's
23-man squad for next month's European Championship on Thursday.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said Kompany's absence is "a
shame for him, for the team."
"Let's not cry about it," Wilmots added, "we
are looking resolutely to the future."
Kompany was injured early in Manchester City's loss at Real
Madrid in the Champions League semifinals and had already said he would miss
the tournament in France.
Liverpool forwards Divock Origi and Christian Benteke were
named in the squad, despite Origi's ankle injury and Benteke's struggle to get
into Liverpool's first team.
"Every time I have seen him play, whether it was for
only 10 minutes or a quarter of an hour, he was good," Wilmots said of
Wilmots named nine defenders amid doubts over injuries but
will drop one by May 31, the UEFA deadline for squad lists.
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to fill in
for Kompany, controlling the center of defense, while Manchester City forward
Kevin De Bruyne will play up front.
"I think it's essential to have three attackers,"
Wilmots said. "Kevin is the perfect man to hold up the ball."
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Wilmots also named seven players on standby.
At Euro 2016, Belgium will play in Group E along with Italy,
Ireland and Sweden.
Goalkeepers: Thibault Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet
(Liverpool), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata
(Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Brugge), Nicolas
Lombaerts (Zenit St. Petersburg), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier
(Club Brugge), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Marouane Fellaini
(Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Zenit St. Petersburg), Radja Naingollan
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke
(Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester
City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli),
Divock Origi (Liverpool)For
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