OTHER With his first selection tonight, will Zeno Debast go straight into the starting lineup with the Red Devils? It could well be. Het Nieuwsblad put Debast in its expected squad. National coach Roberto Martinez said he will try something at the back and again spoke highly of the Anderlecht player.
Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are certitudes tonight against Wales. Is the question of who will accompany them as a third defender. Dedryck Boyata is not fully fit. Jason Denayer is clubless and only there to get some rhythm. Leander Dendoncker did fine against Poland in June, but based on what coach Martinez told us yesterday, he will not be the third man. "I know he did well, but he sees himself as a midfielder," Martinez said.
Remaining: Brandon Mechele, Wout Faes, Zeno Debast and possibly Timothy Castagne. Arthur Theate is an alternative to Vertonghen, so we don't count him. While Het Laatste Nieuws expects Castagne at right back, Het Nieuwsblad goes for Debast. Castagne plays with the Red Devils mostly as a wingback.
Debast then? Yesterday at his press conference, Martinez again spoke in very positive terms about the 18-year-old defender. "For his age, he has an impressive personality. In the future he will play an important role with the Red Devils, I don't doubt about that. This World Cup as well? He will have to prove that on the field."
Whether Debast starts, we will know tonight at a little before 8 p.m. The match between Belgium and Wales starts at 8:45 p.m.