Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Leander Dendoncker has been named in the final Belgium squad for this summer’s European Championships.

Selected by Belgium head coach, Roberto Martinez, this will be Dendoncker’s first major tournament as a Wolves player since signing for the club a year after his involvement in the 2018 World Cup.

The news will come as a relief for the former Anderlecht captain, who has endured his most difficult season in a Wolves shirt.

He started yesterday’s 2-0 away defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and was largely criticised for his performance.

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LEUVEN, LOUVAIN, BELGIUM – MARCH 24: Leander Dendoncker of Belgium, Joe Morrell of Wales (left) during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between Belgium (Red Devils) and Wales (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Wolves fans will hope that this summer’s European Championship will revitalise Dendoncker, with Belgium going into the tournament as one of the favourites and are placed highest in the Fifa World Rankings.

The squad will contain many familiar faces for Premier League fans, with 19 out of the 26 to have played in English football previously.

 

Belgium will begin their campaign against Russia before matches against Finland and Denmark.

Dendoncker will be pushing for a starting role this summer, having started two out of the three matches over the previous international break.

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LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: Leander Dendoncker of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road on October 19, 2020 in Leeds, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

He could the first of a number of Wolves players to get international call-ups for this summer’s competition.

Conor Coady, will be hoping for an England call-up whilst Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho, Nelsen Semedo and Ruben Neves will all be hoping to be named in the Portugal squad.

The England squad is set to be named by boss Gareth Southgate May 25, whilst the Portuguese one is expected to be confirmed May 20.

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