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World Cup watch: Januzaj set for Belgium and Ozil finds form

| 29.04.2014

Adnan Januzaj will have the chance to win his place on Belgium boss Marc Wilmots’ World Cup roster, after the national coach confirmed he would include the Manchester United teenager in a pre-tournament training camp.

Januzaj, 19, recently declared he would represent the Red Devils (both for club and country), as he was also eligible for Albania, Serbia, Turkey and prospective FIFA nation Kosovo.

“The truth will come from the pitch,” Wilmots told the Belgian press. “He’ll have to win his place like everyone.

“What is sure is that the boy has a very interesting profile in the absence of injured Christian Benteke – as a reserve for Manchester United he often played as a number nine. His versatility is an advantage.”

Belgium are 14/1 fifth-favourites to win the World Cup, and odds-on to top Group H, which also contains Algeria, Russia and South Korea, at 8/13.

In other World Cup news, Germany manager Joachim Low will be encouraged to see playmaker Mesut Ozil returning to form, following six Premier League games out with a hamstring problem.

Ozil, 25, scored Arsenal’s second and assisted the third in a comprehensive home win over Newcastle United. He is an 80/1 shot to be tournament top scorer, with Germany 11/2 third-favourites to win the World Cup.

Low’s lads have been drawn with Ghana, Portugal and the USA in Group G, and are odds-on at 1/2 to top this pool.

Finally, there is an injury scare for England and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend. He sustained an ankle problem after coming on in the away win at Stoke City and left the Britannia Stadium with a protective boot on.

Townsend, 22, burst onto the international scene by scoring a stunner against Montengero in qualifying, and is odds-on at 5/6 to make Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man roster for Brazil, but the results of a scan may put his World Cup dreams in doubt.

The Three Lions are 28/1 to go all the way and clinch a second global title, but face a tough pool in Group D against four-time winners Italy and twice champions Uruguay, as well as Costa Rica.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.