Standard midfielder Carcela opts for Belgium

BY foxsports • October 16, 2009

Standard Liege midfielder Mehdi Carcela has decided to play for Belgium's national football team and not for Morocco.

Carcela has roots in both nations but was forced to make a decision when Belgium coach Dick Advocaat called him for two internationals early this month.

He asked for time to make a decision but Standard said Friday "notwithstanding his important link with Morocco" he opted for Belgium.

The 20-year-old Carcela could be called on to play in an international friendly on Nov. 18 against an opponent which has yet to be decided.