Belgium announce squad for November international break
The Red Devils will face Serbia and Azerbaijan
Domenico Tedesco, the coach of Belgium, is pleased with how Manchester City are managing Jeremy Doku, without forcing him to play every minute of a hard season.
Tedesco will probably now treat Doku with the same consideration when Belgium plays Serbia and Azerbaijan.
Doku, who joined Manchester City in the off-season from Rennes, has adapted to life in the north of England quite well despite fierce rivalry within a roster that features several elite players.
He was added to Belgium’s 26-man roster on Friday in preparation for their friendly match against Serbia on Wednesday and their European Championship qualifying match against Azerbaijan on Thursday. The King Baudouin Arena will serve as the venue for both games.
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The highly regarded 21-year-old winger made the highest number of dribbles of any player in the game earlier this week despite playing just 13 minutes in a Champions League match over Young Boys, based on Opta data.
His six successful dribbles also tied the record for most by a player who joined the field in the 80th or subsequent minute of a Champions League game.
Belgium squad for November international break
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Matz Sels (Strasbourg), Arnaud Bodart (Standard Liege), Thomas Kaminski (Luton)
Defenders: Ameen Al-Dakhil (Burnley), Timothy Castagne (Fulham), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht), Wout Faes (Leicester), Arthur Theate (Rennes), Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Zinho Vanheusden (Standard Liege), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan)
Midfielders: Orel Mangala (Nottingham Forest), Yannick Carrasco (Al Shabab), Amadou Onana (Everton), Youri Tielemans (Aston Villa), Aster Vranckx (Wolfsburg), Arthur Vermeeren (Royal Antwerp)
Forwards: Johan Bakayoko (PSV Eindhoven), Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce), Olivier Deman (Werder Bremen), Jeremy Doku (Manchester City), Romelu Lukaku (AS Roma), Dodi Lukebakio (Sevilla), Lois Openda (Leipzig), Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)