World Cup 2018: Radja Nainggolan decided to quit Belgium National Team after was left out of initial 28-man squad for the final Tournament
Roberto Martinez has chosen his squad for World Cup Russia 2018 and left midfielder Radja Nainggolan behind with 15 Premier League players included.
Roma midfielder has announced his international retirement from Belgium National team after squad omission. He was left out of Belgium’s World Cup Russia squad for this summer’s tournament despite an awesome season for AS Roma.
The 30-year-old helped Roma reach the Champions League semi-finals but did not make manager Roberto Martinez’s initial 28-man squad for Russia 2018.
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“Radja Nainggolan is a top player. The reason is tactical. In the past two years the team has worked in a specific manner. Other players had those roles. We know Radja has a very important role in his club and we cannot give him that role in our squad.” said Martinez
Nainggolan announced in social media: “Very reluctantly my international career comes to an end. I’ve always done everything I could to represent my country. Very reluctantly my international career comes to an end…I’ve always done everything I could to represent my country. Being yourself can be bothering… from this day on I will be the first fan,” he posted on Instagram.
Nainggolan’s omission is a shock after a fine season in Serie A and in Europe. A buccaneering, all-action midfielder the 30-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League on a number of occasions with Antonio Conte attempting to bring him to Chelsea in his first summer in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2016.
Belgium squad for World Cup Russia 2018
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Matz Sels (Newcastle United).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris St-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian).
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).