Belgium v Japan line-ups - Fellaini dropped, Kagawa and Lukaku recalled

Belgium National Football Team

Which Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Southampton and Aston Villa players feature from the start in Brussels.

This evening will see Belgium taking on Japan in an international friendly at the King Baoudoin Stadium - with both teams coming into the game after differing results in their previous outing.

Belgium were defeated in their last friendly against Colombia - as two of footballs ‘trendiest’ teams went toe-to-toe in Brussels.

Japan on the other hand drew in Genk with The Netherlands - fighting back from 2-1 down to level it 2-2.

And it is a game with definite Premier League interest.

A mass of players from our shores currently play for Belgium - and the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard will be hoping to be on show.

One area of interest is the striking position - as Christian Benteke of Aston Villa does battle with Lukaku of Everton-via-Chelsea for the starting striker spot. Marc Wilmots has made it clear that he will not be playing both of them together so he must decide who starts.

Eden Hazard played the last game on the left wing - but he is expected to play more central this evening.

Vermaelen should start, so should Simon Mignolet - but the likes of De Bruyne and Marouane Fellaini could miss out on a start.

And Fellaini is not the only Manchester United player who might be disappointed this evening.

Whilst Maya Yoshida is likely to start for the Samurai Blues a start for Shinji Kagawa is up in the air.

He was dropped for Hiroshi Kiyotake for the Dutch game - but came on at half-time so is expected to start the game.

So … Benteke or Lukaku? Do Fellaini and De Bruyne play? Is Kagawa back?

Let’s see…

Belgium XI: Mignolet, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembélé, Mirallas, Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku

Japan XI: Kawashima, Sakai, Morishige, Yoshida, Yamaguchi, Hasebe, Honda, Kagawa, Kiyotake, Kakitani

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