Januzaj turns down Bel­gium

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OLYMPIQUE MAR­SEILLE striker Michy Bat­shuayi has been re­called to Bel­gium’s squad for friendlies against Italy and Spain but Divock Origi has been sent down to the Un­der- 21 side, na­tional coach Marc Wil­mots said yes­ter­day.

Bat­shauyi was left out of last month’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fiers which sent Bel­gium through to next year’s fi­nals in France.

Origi was dropped from the se­nior na­tional team for the first time since last year’s World Cup as Bel­gium are seek­ing to strengthen their U21 side for a qual­i­fier against the Czech Re­pub­lic on Novem­ber 12.

Zakkaria Bakkali of Va­len­cia has also been sent to help out but Ad­nan Januzaj turned down a call-up.

“Enzo Scifo (the U21 coach) had him on the phone for 20 min­utes but he rather wants to stay at his club. I have taken note of that,” Wil­mots added.

Chris­tian Ben­teke, Moussa Dem­bele and Thomas Ver­mae­len all re­turn af­ter in­jury for the matches in Brus­sels against the Ital­ians and Span­ish on Novem­ber 13 and Novem­ber 17. Bel­gium moved to num­ber one in the FIFA rank­ings this week for the first time. – Reuters Squad: Goal­keep­ers: Jean-Fran­cois Gillet (Meche­len), Si­mon Mig­no­let (Liver­pool), Matz Sels (Ghent) De­fend­ers: Toby Alder­weireld (Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur), Luis Pe­dro Ca­vanda (Trab­zon­spor), Ja­son De­nayer (Galatasaray), Vin­cent Kom­pany (Manch­ester City), Nicolas Lom­baerts ( Zenit St-Peters­burg), Jor­dan Lukaku (Oos­tende), Thomas Me­u­nier (Club Brugge), Thomas Ver­mae­len (Barcelona), Jan Ver­tonghen (Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur) Mid­field­ers: Kevin de Bruyne ( Manch­ester City), Mousa Dem­bele ( Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur), Marouane Fel­laini (Manch­ester United), Radja Naing­golan ( Roma), Axel Wit­sel Lom­baerts (Zenit St-Peters­burg) For­wards: Michy Bat­shuayi ( Olympique Mar­seille), Chris­tian Ben­teke (Liver­pool), Yan­nick Fer­reira Car­rasco (Atletico Madrid), Lau­rent De­poitre ( Ghent), Eden Hazard ( Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku ( Ever­ton), Dries Mertens (Napoli).

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