Thibaut Courtois: Real Madrid Goalkeeper Axed From Belgium Squad for Euro 2024 As UCL Final Looms

Thibaut Courtois: Real Madrid Goalkeeper Axed From Belgium Squad for Euro 2024 As UCL Final Looms

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 28, 2024 at 12:10 PM
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  • Thibaut Courtois has been left out of Belgium's final squad for Euro 2024
  • His last appearance for the Red Devils was in June 2023, during the qualifiers
  • The lanky Belgian is in contention to start for Real Madrid in the UCL final

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Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has been omitted from Belgium's 25-man squad for next month's European Championship in Germany.

Courtois, who returned from a long injury setback earlier in May, was left out of the Red Devils squad for Euro 2024.

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Thibaut Courtois will miss the forthcoming Euro 2024 after he was left out of Belgium's 25-man squad for the tournament in Germany. Photo by Michael Campanella.
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After making his comeback in La Liga against Cadiz on May 4, the Madrid shot-stopper missed Madrid's Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

Since his return, the 32-year-old has kept clean sheets against Granada, Alaves, and Real Betis, starting four of Los Blancos' last five games, according to Transfermarkt.

ESPN reports that if the former Atletico Madrid and Chelsea shot-stopper is physically fit, he will definitely start in the Champions League final.

Why was Courtois snubbed from the Belgium squad?

Addressing Courtois' omission from the squad on Tuesday, head coach Domenico Tedesco stated on Tuesday:

"Courtois was very clear, honest, and early in his communication. The latest information we received is that he is not ready for the European Championships. He knows his body best."

Who made Belgium's Euro 2024 roster?

Thibaut Courtois's absence means Koen Casteels, Thomas Kaminski, and Matz Sels have been named as the goalkeepers in Domenico Tedesco's 25-man squad.

Veteran defender Jan Vertonghen, boasting 154 caps, is included at age 37.

The squad also features top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who has netted 83 goals in 114 appearances for Belgium.

Belgium's 25-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels, Thomas Kaminski, and Matz Sels.

Defenders: Timothy Castagne, Maxim De Cuyper, Zeno Debast, Wout Faes, Thomas Meunier, Jan Vertonghen, Arthur Theate and Axel Witsel

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco, Kevin De Bruyne, Orel Mangala, Amadou Onana, Youri Tielemans, Arthur Vermeeren and Aster Vranckx

Forwards: Johan Bakayoko, Charles De Ketelaere, Jeremy Doku, Romelu Lukaku, Dodi Lukebakio, Lois Openda, and Leandro Trossard.

Casillas chooses between Courtois and Lunin

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Iker Casillas has weighed in on Real Madrid's goalkeeping dilemma ahead of the UEFA Champions League final on June 1.

With Thibaut Courtois returning just in time for the UCL final, manager Carlo Ancelotti faces a tough decision.

While the Belgian has an impressive track record, Casillas believes Andriy Lunin's exceptional displays this season make him a strong contender to start.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.