Belgium name Euro 2016 squad

Eden Hazard is to be the team's captain in Vincent Kompany's absense

BY Daniel Kelly 12:29 Thursday 12 May 2016, 12:29 12 May 2016

Picture by: Nick Potts / EMPICS Sport

Belgium's manager Marc Wilmots has named a 24-man squad ahead of Euro 2016.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is to captain the team in place of the injury Vincent Kompany. The Manchester City defender was ruled out of the tournament earlier this month after suffering an occurrence of his calf injury in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

The squad includes 11 Premier League players including Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. One player will be cut from the squad ahead of the cut-off at the end of the month.

14 of the 23-man squad who competed at the World Cup in 2014 are included, but there is no place for Kevin Mirallas who is on the standby list. The Everton star played in four of Belgium's five games in Brazil.

Belgium go into Euro 2016 as the best team in Europe according to the FIFA World Rankings. They begin their tournament in Lyon against Italy on July 13th, before playing Ireland in Bordeaux five days later.

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