Red Devils – Vincent Kompany returns to the national team
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    Red Devils – Vincent Kompany returns to the national team

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    Roberto Martinez has selected 27 players, including four goalies, for the last two games of the season. The Red Devils will play against the Czech Republic in a friendly on Monday (5 June) in Brussels (8:45pm) and four days later on Friday 9 June, against Estonia in Tallinn (20:45 Belgian), in a qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

    As expected, this selection welcomes the return of Vincent Kompany. The 31-year-old central defender has regained his place in the Manchester City base eleven after a long absence for various injuries since March 2016. He scored three goals in eight Premier League matches.

    Kompany has not played for the Red Devils since the 3-1 victory against Israel on 13 October 2015 in a qualifying at Euro 2016. He was selected for the friendly match in the Netherlands (1-1) and on 9 November 2016 in Amsterdam but had to declare a forfeit just before kick-off.

    Mousa Dembélé (left foot) and Thomas Meunier (left ankle) were both injured and operated on and are unavailable.

    In the selection, there are three midfielders playing in the Belgian league: Anderlecht Yuri Tielmans (who will soon endorse the AS Monaco jersey) and Leander Dendoncker as well as Gantois Thomas Foket.

    Belgium will face the Czech Republic in a friendly on Monday 5 June. Four days later, the Red Devils, leaders of Group H (13 points), will go to Estonia for a qualifying at the 2018 World Cup. Martinez’s men will try to resume their march forward after the home-conceded draw against Greece (1-1), second in the group (11 points).

    Before that, they will meet their supporters on the occasion of a ‘Family Day’ in Brussels on Saturday.

    Maria Novak
    The Brussels Times