Is Belgium vs Egypt on TV? Kick-off time and team news as De Bruyne and Salah START World Cup warm-up – latest updates | The Sun

BELGIUM finish their preparations for the 2022 World Cup when they face Egypt today.

The Red Devils will be hoping that they can make it to the latter stages of the tournament as their golden generation are yet to lift an international trophy.

  • Start time: 3pm GMT
  • Live stream/TV: Not televised in UK

Follow all the action with our live blog below…

  • Tom Chambers

    Here come the teams

    Both sets of players are making their way out of the tunnel at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium.

    Kick off is coming up next!

  • Tom Chambers

    Injury risk

    We have already seen several players pick up injuries that have ruled them out of the World Cup, Sadio Mane being the latest.

    Belgium have taken a bit of a gamble in organising a friendly so close to the start of the tournament where almost any injury suffered by a player would surely rule them out.

    Fingers crossed that everyone makes it through the game unscathed today.

  • Tom Chambers

    Belgium the favourites

    Unsurprisingly the bookies have Belgium down as the favourites for this one.

    • Belgium – 4/11
    • Egypt – 11/2
    • Draw – 10/3

    Odds provided by betfair

    • Tom Chambers

      Warm-ups underway

      Both sets of players are out on the pitch and being put through their paces by their respective fitness coaches.

      Kick-off is just under 15 minutes away!

    • Tom Chambers

      Ageing squad

      The age profile of Belgium’s squad means that the upcoming tournament is considered as the last chance for the ‘golden generation’ to win the country’s first-ever major trophy.

      Interestingly, the team’s lack of silverware has not harmed the squad’s reputation in their home country.

      The Red Devils were welcomed home by tens of thousands supporters at Laeken Castle after their third place finish at the World Cup four years ago.

    • Tom Chambers

      Salah approaches landmark

      Mohamed Salah has scored 47 goals for his country so could reach his half century with a hat-trick here.

      The Liverpool forward has some way top go if he's going to catch Egypt's record goalscorer though.

      Hossam Hassan holds the record with 68 goals in 176 appearances.

    • Tom Chambers

      Belgium meet local wildlife

      Bit of a strange one, this.

      The Belgium players have been posing for photos with some Parrots on the pitch ahead of kick-off at the the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium.

      Everton’s Amadou Onana looks intrigued, but Lens forward Lois Openda doesn’t seem quite so sure…

    • Tom Chambers

      Last match between the teams

      The two teams last faced off four years ago in a warm up game ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

      Belgium registered a 3-0 victory over the Pharaohs thanks to goals from Lukaku, Hazard and Fellaini.

      Could we see a similar result this afternoon?

    • Tom Chambers

      Eden Hazard

      Eden Hazard will be hoping to prove the doubters wrong and repay the faith of his manager.

      Roberto Martinez has stood by his captain throughout Hazard's struggles since he joined Real Madrid in 2019.

      The Belgian has only featured in 3 matches for Los Blancos this season and today's game will be a great opportunity for him to gain some match fitness ahead of the start of the World Cup.

    • Tom Chambers

      Egypt starting XI

      Mohamed Elneny starts for the Pharaohs.

      Egpyt XI: El-Shenawi, Hegazy, Tawfik, Gabr, Hamdi, Hamada, Elneny, Hamed, Trezeguet Hassan, Salah, Mohamed

    • Tom Chambers

      Belgium subs

      Roberto Martinez has plenty of experience to call upon off the bench.

      Belgium subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Faes, Vertonghen, Tielemans, Mertens, Meunier, T. Hazard, Onana, Dendoncker, De Ketelaere, Openda, Doku

    • Tom Chambers

      Belgium starting XI

      The lesser-spotted Eden Hazard captains the Red Devils this afternoon.

      Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Debast, Theate, Castagne, Witsel, Vanaken, Carrasco, De Bruyne, E. Hazard, Batshuayi

    • Tom Chambers

      Belgium team news

      Star striker Romelu Lukaku has only played twice for his club since the end of August due to a muscle injury so is unlikely to feature in this afternoon’s game.

      The majority of Roberto Martinez’ remaining players are expected to feature at some point today as the manager takes one last look at the personnel available to him in Qatar.

      We're expecting the official team news in around 10 minutes' time.

    • Tom Chambers

      Egypt team news

      Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny hasn’t played for his country since suffering an injury back in March, but he is in line to start this afternoon’s match.

      Forward Elmar Marmoush, who plays his club football at Wolfsburg, has withdrawn from the squad after picking up an injury.

      Mohamed Salah is expected to start against the Red Devils this afternoon – it would take a brave man to exclude the talismanic forward from an Egyptian team.

    • Tom Chambers

      Good afternoon and welcome

      Hello from the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait and welcome to our coverage of the match between Belgium and Egypt.

      This afternoon’s game is Roberto Martinez’ last chance to see his team in action ahead of Belgium’s first World Cup group game against Canada in Qatar on Wednesday.

      The Red Devils have been inconsistent in 2022, winning four of their eight fixtures in this calendar year.

      Belgium were beaten 1-0 by the Netherlands in their last match as a 73rd minute Virgil van Dijk goal was enough to condemn Roberto Martinez’ team to defeat in Nations League group D.

      Egypt, meanwhile, have not qualified for the World Cup this time around after they were eliminated by Senegal and Sadio Mane’s deciding penalty in the shootout at the end of their play-off match.

      Egypt have had two managers since then with former Benfica boss Rui Vitoria now leading the team.

      Egypt have won both of Vitoria’s two matches in charge against Niger and Liberia but Mohamed Salah and co will know that they are facing a much sterner test against the European heavyweights today.

      The Red Devils are behind only Brazil in the FIFA rankings so are expected to make light work of 39th ranked Egypt in this one.

      That being said, a positive result for Egypt would certainly raise a few questions for Belgium on the eve of their World Cup campaign.

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