Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku Out of Belgium Squad, so Coach Calls Up the Brothers

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 1, 2014

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, right, salutes next to team mate Eden Hazard, after he scored against Luxembourg, during a friendly soccer match at the Cristal Arena stadium in Genk, eastern Belgium, Tuesday, May 26, 2014. Belgium will play against South Korea, Russia and Algeria in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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Belgium have lost Premier League duo Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku to injury ahead of their game against Australia on Thursday—but in what must surely be something of a first, coach Marc Wilmots has replaced both players with their younger brothers.

Thorgan Hazard, 21, plays a role similar to his older brother's and is on loan from Chelsea to Borussia Monchengladbach this season.

Yves Logghe/Associated Press

Jordan Lukaku, 20, is a defender, making his way in the game with KV Oostende in Belgium.  

Romelu tweeted his delight at the news:

The best news of my whole life... My brother is called up for the @BelRedDevils pff the dream is getting closer 😭😃🙏 . Congrats @J_Lukaku94

— R.Lukaku Bolingoli10 (@RomeluLukaku9) August 31, 2014

 [h/t Sydney Morning Herald]