Manchester City’s Celtic loan star earns a Belgium call-up

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Jason Denayer has been included in Marc Wilmot’s Red Devils’ squad for Belgium’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Andorra and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Manchester City’s decision to send Belgian defender Jason Denayer on loan to Scottish Premiership champions Celtic appears to be paying dividends already after the 19-year-old was called up to the Red Devils’ national team by Marc Wilmots.

Those behind the scenes at the Etihad were keen for the highly-rated defender to gain more first-team experience at a top-level club, with the Parkhead giants identified as the ideal destination for the former Anderlecht youth star.

Denayer could even line-up alongside fellow Citizens player Vincent Kompany, with the on-loan Hoops stopper likely to feature in the first of Belgium’s two Euro 2016 qualifiers against group minnows Andorra.

The 19-year-old could even make an appearance against another familiar face in Edin Dzeko with the Manchester City hitman likely to lead the line for Boznia and Herzegovina when the teams meet later this month.

Several Premier League stars feature in Wilmots’ latest squad including Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen and on-loan Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld.

Vertonghen is joined by fellow Spurs stars Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli as well as West Brom’s Sebastien Pocognoli, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United pair Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj.

Denayer has made five league appearances for Celtic so far this term and even scored on his debut in a man of the match performance that saw the Bhoys beat Dundee United 6-1.

Capped by Belgium at under-19 and under-21 level, big things are predicted for the young defender.

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