Belgium make 3 changes for their game against Russia

Paul Gilham

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has made three changes to his starting lineup ahead of their important Group H match against Russia.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has made three changes to his starting lineup ahead of the Red Devils' important meeting with Russia.

Thomas Vermaelen is in at left-back for Jan Vertonghen, while his Tottenham teammates Mousa Dembélé and Nacer Chadli are both dropped after failing to impress in their narrow opening victory over Algeria. Marouane Fellaini starts in the midfield pivot with Axel Witsel, while Dries Mertens is given the nod on the right wing.

Meanwhile, Russia coach Fabio Capello has only made a couple of changes, and they're pretty straight swaps. Aleksei Kozlov is in for Andrey Yeshchenko on the right side of defence, while Maksim Kannuninov starts ahead of Yuri Zhirkov on the left side of their attacking trident.

Belgium starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Thibaut Courtois; Thomas Vermaelen, Daniel van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld; Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel; Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens; Romelu Lukaku.

Russia starting lineup (4-3-3): Igor Akinfeev; Dmitri Kombarov, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksei Berezutski, Aleksei Kozlov; Viktor Fayzulin, Denis Glushakov, Oleg Shatov; Maksim Kanunnikov, Aleksandr Kokorin, Aleksandr Samedov.

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