Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj will feature in a preliminary Belgium squad for World Cup warm-ups against Luxembourg and Sweden, national coach Marc Wilmots was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
Wilmots, who last week made known Januzaj’s decision to play for Belgium, said he had not given any guarantees to the 19-year-old that he would be in the final squad in Brazil.
Wilmots told Belgian newspaper De Morgen that Januzaj had shown he could also play as a centre forward, a useful option given the unavailability of Christian Benteke due to injury.
The coach said he would select Januzaj in an initial squad of 26 or 27 for training camps, including friendlies against Luxembourg in Belgium on May 26 and Sweden in Stockholm on June 1.
“I first want to see how he is in training. I’ll pick 26 or 27 players and say there’s only one thing that counts – the pitch. Come on guys, show me what you can do,” Wilmots said.
“That I’ll take him on the camp is certain. I think that’s normal given his performances in the last year.”