Vincent Kompany named in Belgium squad for Russian Federation, despite injury concern

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An injury scare for Belgium defender Vincent Kompany was one of the few incidents of note in Saturday's goalless draw against Portugal.

TALKING POINT - How serious is Vincent Kompany's injury?

Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign.

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Perhaps the biggest shock is that Germany have left Leroy Sane out of their final squad with the PFA Young Player of the Year in the Premier League previously expected to be a key player for Die Mannschaft this summer. "At that point it was the right time to come off".

For Belgium, Marouane Fellaini's shot was tipped over by goalkeeper Beto.

Belgium began with their strongest possible 11, apart from the injured Axel Witsel and Thomas Vermaelen, and a trial three-man defence. Striker Andre Silva started on the bench, giving 21-year-old Goncalo Guedes the chance to shine in attack.

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As part of his break following the Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo was absent as Portugal drew with Belgium in a friendly on Saturday evening.

This was only the fourth time that Belgium had faced a side in the top 40 of Fifa's world rankings since Martinez was appointed in August 2016.

"Losing Vincent would be bad news", said Hazard.

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Portugal host Algeria on June 7 before their World Cup opener on June 15 against Spain in a group also featuring Morocco and Iran. But Tunisia (another of England and Belgium's World Cup opponents) had faced Portugal earlier this week and had posed a far greater threat than anything Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard could muster here.

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