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United teenager Januzaj named to Belgian World Cup squad

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The Canadian Press
5/13/2014 9:27:23 AM
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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Belgium coach Marc Wilmots picked Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj for his World Cup squad on Tuesday, three weeks after the teenager had chosen to play for the country's national team.

The 19-year-old Januzaj was born in Brussels with Balkan heritage and has played for United since 2011. He was able to pick several nations for international duty, including Albania and Kosovo.

"He is a top talent and has such exceptional qualities. He can play several positions," Wilmots said.

The coach also included another 19-year-old, forward Divock Origi of French team Lille, for the biggest surprise on his squad.

Wilmots included Origi after Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke ruptured his Achilles tendon last month.

"He has great potential," Wilmots said. "He has Benteke's profile. It is easy to target him."

Wilmots announced a 24-man team, but said the number of goalkeepers would be reduced from four to three based on the availability of Koen Casteels.

Januzaj joins other talented youngsters in the squad, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and playmaker Eden Hazard.

At the World Cup, Belgium will face Russia, South Korea and Algeria in Group H.

Adnan Januzaj (Photo: Canadian Press)

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