Leekens takes over Belgium reins
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Georges Leekens signed his contract as new Belgium coach on Tuesday and immediately unveiled his 25-man squad for a friendly match against Bulgaria on 19 May.

Leekens takes over from Dutchman Dick Advocaat, who broke his contract last week to take charge of the Russian national team. The 60-year-old Belgian signed a two-year contract with an option for two more years.

Leekens has called up five uncapped players in Laurent Ciman, Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne, Christophe Lepoint and Jonathan Legear.

The injured Thomas Vermaelen and Daniel Van Buyten, who will play in the Champions League final for Bayern Munich on 22 May, were not included in the match-day squad but were asked to attend in their capacity as captain and vice-captain.

Goalkeepers: Logan Bailly (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER), Jean-Francois Gillet (Bari/ITA), Silvio Proto (Anderlecht)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Ajax/NED), Laurent Ciman (Courtrai), Olivier Deschacht (Anderlecht), Guillaume Gillet (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/ENG), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich/GER), Jelle Van Damme (Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal/ENG)

Midfielders: Thomas Buffel (KRC Genk), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Kevin De Bruyne (KRC Genk), Steven Defour (Standard Liege), Eden Hazard (Lille/FRA), Jonathan Legear (Anderlecht), Christophe Lepoint (Ghent), Bernd Thijs (Ghent), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax/NED)

Forwards: Christian Benteke (Courtrai), Moussa Dembele (AZ Alkmaar/NED), Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht), Kevin Mirallas (St Etienne/FRA)