Nations League squads: Belgium, France, Italy and Spain confirm line-ups
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Check out the UEFA Nations League finals squads.
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Belgium, France, Italy and Spain have named 23-man squads for the UEFA Nations League finals.
These squads have been confirmed by UEFA following the 23:59 CET deadline on Thursday 30 September.
Should a listed player become seriously injured or ill before his team's first match in the finals, he may only be substituted if a doctor from the UEFA Medical Committee and the team doctor concerned both confirm that the injury or illness is sufficiently serious to prevent the player from taking part in the tournament.
Subject to the final approval of the UEFA administration, this injured or ill player may be replaced on the list of 23 players registered for participation in the finals.
Any subsequent changes, because of injury or illness, will be reflected below.
Roberto Martínez, Belgium coach: "Hans Vanaken is probably in the best form of his career. [Charles] De Ketelaere is profiting from the absences of [Jérémy] Doku and [Dries] Mertens: this is a great opportunity for him. He deserves this selection. [Christian] Benteke is unlucky that I can only select 20 outfield players. With Michy [Batshuayi], Romelu [Lukaku], Dodi [Lukebakio] and Charles [De Ketelaere], I have plenty of options up front. Christian has done nothing wrong and will continue to play a role in the future."
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (al-Duhail), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Foket (Stade de Reims), Arthur Theate (Bologna), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Man. City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Beşiktaş), Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Dodi Lukebakio (Wolfsburg), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Didier Deschamps, France coach: "[EURO 2020] is behind us now. There's a trophy up for grabs; a semi-final against one of the best teams in the world [Belgium]. We gave our all to get here from a very competitive group. We want this trophy. In the past, there were two international titles, the EURO and the World Cup. There are now three with the Nations League, and we want to win it."
Goalkeepers: Benoît Costil (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernández (Bayern), Theo Hernández (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern), Raphaël Varane (Man. United)
Midfielders: Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Paul Pogba (Man. United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco), Jordan Veretout (Roma)
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Anthony Martial (Man. United), Kylian Mbappé (Paris)
Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: "The team is in good form. We hope to have a good semi-final and, if possible, also a good final. The four best European teams are here. The Nations League is important to us. It's not only the players who won the European Championship that will have a chance to play. Why was Nicolò Zaniolo was not included in the squad? It was a technical decision. He is still young and will certainly be an important player for us in the future."
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Genoa)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Davide Calabria (AC Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter), Emerson (Lyon)
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (Paris)
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Moise Kean (Juventus), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)
Luis Enrique, Spain coach: "The goal is to be champions and that's what we're going for. [Italy] are at the top of their game. They were deserved [EURO 2020] winners. They've gone 38 matches unbeaten but, as our psychologist says, they're getting closer to defeat every day. It's an incentive for us to be the ones who beat the European champions. They are very similar to Spain in their style of play."
Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Man. United), Robert Sánchez (Brighton), Unai Simón (Athletic)
Defenders: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Eric García (Barcelona), Aymeric Laporte (Man. City), Iñigo Martínez (Athletic), Pedro Porro (Sporting CP), Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham), Pau Torres (Villarreal)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Gavi (Barcelona), Bryan Gil (Tottenham), Koke (Atlético), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rodri (Manchester City), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
Forwards: Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Pablo Sarabia (Sporting CP), Ferran Torres (Man. City)