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Thomas Buffel claimed his place as expected in the Belgium squad named by national coach Aimé Anthuenis ahead of the Red Devils’ Wednesday friendly face-off with the Turks in Brussels. Neither nation qualified for the up-and-coming Euro 2004 championships in Portugal, so it may be surprising to some that Anthuenis has not opted to give 21-year-old Gill Swerts a run out. The midfielder was named in the provisional squad, but didn’t make the final twenty.
The full squad:
Keepers: De Vlieger (Willem II), Peersman (Anderlecht)
Defenders: Clement, Simons (both Club Bruges), Kompany, Vanden Borre, Deschacht (all Anderlecht), Deflandre (Lyon), Van Damme (Ajax), Dheedene (Austria Vienna)
Midfielders: Baseggio (Anderlecht), M. Mpenza (Mouscron), Bisconti (Standard Liege), Dufer (Charleroi), Vermant (Schalke ‘04), Blondel (Club Bruges), Goor (Hertha BSC)
Strikers: Pieroni (Mouscron), Buffel (Feyenoord), Sonck (Ajax)