GOOD EVENING FROM TURIN
Welcome to our live coverage of the Nations League semi-final clash between neighbouring countries Belgium and France at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.
The reigning world champions will be without Chelsea star N’Golo Kante, who tested positive for coronavirus last month, and manager Didier Deschamps will have to find someone else to partner up with Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba in midfield.
Pogba is not the only Premier League ace set to represent Les Bleus tonight as he is joined by Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, Everton’s Lucas Digne as well as United’s Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial.
Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi has also been called up amid his impressive performances for Marseille.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, on the other hand, has left Napoli’s Dries Mertens, Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke and Liverpool’s Divock Origi behind.
However, Martinez will have Real Madrid star Eden Hazard at his disposal as well as a host of Premier League aces, such as Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, Wolves’ Leander Dendoncker, Brighton’s Leandro Trossard as well as Leicester’s Timothy Castagne and Youri Tielemans.
Club Brugge starlet Charles De Ketelaere, 20, is also pushing for his second cap for the Belgian national team following his debut against Switzerland last year