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Belgium does not top the world rankings before its European Championship, but it has the most experienced squad for the tournament that begins tonight.

Its 26-man squad played 1,338 caps for an average of 50 matches per player, confirming the experience of coach Roberto Martinez’s team.

4 players from the team have already played 100 international matches, and winger Dries Mertens will play his 99th match, if he enters the starting lineup against Russia in St. Petersburg on Saturday, as expected, in the first matches of the two teams in Group B.

19 other players in the tournament exceeded 100 international matches, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who played his 175th match with Portugal, yesterday, Wednesday, during the friendly victory over Israel.

He also raised his tally of goals to 104, bringing him closer to becoming the all-time top scorer in international matches.

Ronaldo already holds the record for the number of matches in the European Championship with 21 matches and will participate in his fifth tournament.

Although he is 36 years old, he is not the oldest player in the tournament, as Dutch goalkeeper Martin Stecklenburg, 38, is 38 after returning from international retirement to book his place in the Netherlands squad last March.

At the start of the tournament, he will be exactly a year and a half younger than Hungarian goalkeeper Gabor Kirai, the only 40-year-old to have participated in the tournament when he was goalkeeper for his country in 2016.

Poland’s Kasper Kozowski will be the youngest player in the 2020 tournament, as he is one of two players at the age of 17, which has not happened before.

Englishman Judd Bellingham will turn 18 on June 29 and may participate in the round of 16 on his birthday if England reach this role, while Kosovsky will turn 18 next October.

Spain has the smallest squad, with an average of 24 years and a half, while Sweden is the largest, with an average of 29 years and two months. The youngest captain is the Scotsman Andrew Robertson, the Liverpool full back, at the age of 27.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that Chelsea and Manchester City, the two sides of the Champions League final, are the two clubs with the most players in the tournament with 15 players each, followed by Bayern Munich with 14 players.

England has the largest selection of local players, with 23 of the 26 players playing in the English Premier League, followed by Italy with 22 players in the domestic league, and Russia, which has the same number of its domestic championship.

On the other hand, the squad of Finland and Slovakia included only one player from the local league in the two countries.

The European Union (UEFA) chose 19 teams to referee the tournament from 14 different countries, including a visiting team from Argentina.

There are also 22 video assistant referees from 8 different countries, at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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