The “golden generation” of Belgium has been announced, featuring star striker Romelu Lukaku who has recently sustained a hamstring injury.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has also called up Thomas Meunier, who suffered a broken cheekbone last month.
Captain Eden Hazard will lead his aging star Red Devils into Qatar with the help of Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne, and Amadou Onana.
Earlier this month, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said the absence of Lukaku would be “irreplaceable” and force the team to change tactics.
The prolific attacker has scored 68 goals for the Belgians, with five hitting the net during 2010, 2014, and 2018 World Cup.
Lukaku was the first player since Argentina’s late great Diego Maradona to score two goals or more in consecutive World Cup matches.
Divock Origi, Jason Denayer, and Dedryck Boyata were among the most notable absentees from the final squad.
Hoping to follow up on their third-place finish four years ago and defend their number 2 FIFA world ranking, Belgium has several star players and attacking talent to utilize.
World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg).
Defenders: Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Toby Alderweireld (Royal Antwerp), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa ), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht), Arthur Theate (Rennes), Wout Faes (Anderlecht).
Midfielders: Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Amadou Onana (Everton), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund).
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce), Loïs Openda (Lens), Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray), Leandro Trossard (Brighton).