Scotland: Marc Wilmots stands by Belgium squad

Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and coach Marc Wilmots
Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and coach Marc Wilmots

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has against named a squad featuring 10 English-based players for their World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland.

His highly fancied side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Croatia.

Standard Liege defender Laurent Ciman, Twente midfielder Nacer Chadli and Genk forward Jelle Vossen are added to the squad after drawing with the top seeds.

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Igor De Camargo and Standard Liege winger Sebastien Pocognoli miss out this time.

Both were unnused substitutes against Croatia, when six players signed to clubs in the Barclays Premier League started for Wilmots' side.

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen and Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen were all in the defence.

Vertonghen's club-mate, Moussa Dembele, was in midfield along with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, while Aston Villa's Christian Benteke was up front.

Everton pair Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas both came on as substitutes, while Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku were also on the bench.

Brugge midfielder Jonathan Blondel and Genk forward Benjamin de Ceulaer, who were not on the bench against Croatia, drop out the squad this time.

Belgium are still without Lazio full-back Lucas Cavanda, Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Brugge forward Thomas Meunier.

They started their campaign with a 2-0 win away to Wales, although Wilmots and his side admitted that they had not played particularly well against a team reduced to 10 men for much of the game.

The draw at home to Croatia leaves those two sides and Serbia at the top of the table, each with four points.

Wilmots takes his side to Serbia on 12 October and they then host Scotland at the Konig Boudewijn Stadion in Brussels four days later.

Craig Levein's visitors will be hoping to arrive on the back of a good result in Wales, where they will be desperate to record a first victory after being held to draws at home by Serbia and Macedonia.

Belgium squad

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Jean-François Gillet (Torino), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Ajax), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Guillaume Gillet (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (Twente), Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Everton), Timmy Simons (Nurnberg), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg)

Forwards: Christian Benteke (Aston Villa), Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion), Dries Mertens (PSV Eindhoven), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Jelle Vossen (Genk)

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