Official: Georges Leekens Appointed New Belgium Coach

Leekens has signed a two-year contract with the Belgian FA in his second stint as coach of the national team...
The Belgian football association (KBVB) have appointed Georges Leekens as the new man in charge of the Rode Duivels. Leekens has signed a contract until after Euro 2012 with the KBVB.

Belgium were in the market for a new head coach due to the sudden departure of Dick Advocaat back in April. The Dutch gaffer resigned after being approached by the Russian FA.

Leekens immediately unveiled his 25-man squad for a friendly match against Bulgaria on May 19. The former Kortrijk gaffer handed five players their first call-ups.

Laurent Ciman, Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne, Christophe Lepoint and Jonathan Legear are all set to make their international debuts when the Belgians take on Bulgaria later this month.

Thomas Vermaelen and Daniel Van Buyten were not included in the match-day squad, but were asked to attend in their capacity as captain and vice-captain.

Full Squad:

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

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

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

Forwards: Christian Benteke (Kortrijk), Moussa Dembele (AZ), Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht), Kevin Mirallas (St. Etienne)

Become a fan of International on Facebook! Just click onto to join the beautiful game's leading fan community...