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Mignolet Called Up for Belgium World Cup Squad

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Liverpool's World Cup contingent grows as Simon Mignolet is today announced as part of the Belgium squad that will look to carry their impressive qualifying form into the finals.

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One of the more exciting squads at next month's World Cup--at least from a talent perspective--will be Belgium, who breezed through qualifying and quickly became one of the teams to watch in Brazil. They're poised for a strong showing in the group stages, selected with Algeria, Russia, and South Korea in Group H; there aren't any guarantees, but they'll surely be expected to advance to the knockout stages given their quality relative to the opposition.

Manager Marc Wilmots named his 23-man squad today along with a handful of standbys, with Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet selected along with Thibaut Courtois and one of Koen Casteels or Silvio Proto. Courtois, a Chelsea loanee, will be the number one, a spot earned with another terrific season in goal for Atletico Madrid that could see him finish with a winner's medal in both La Liga and the Champions League. Mignolet is one of the better backups at the World Cup, but he can have few complaints if Wilmots continues to go with Courtois.

This ups the Liverpool contingent to at least eight and potentially nine, with a few more expected to be named in the coming days.