Nainggolan quits Belgium after World Cup snub

Nainggolan quits Belgium after World Cup snub

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Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been left out of Belgium’s World Cup squad for this summer’s tournament.

The 30-year-old helped Roma reach the Champions League semi-finals but has not made manager Roberto Martinez’s initial 28-man squad for Russia 2018.

Belgium are in England’s group and have 15 Premier League players on the provisional list, which will be trimmed down to 23 on 4 June.

“Radja Nainggolan is a top player. The reason is tactical,” said Martinez.

“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.”

Immediately after the squad was announced Nainggolan through his Instagram account announced he has retired from international football.

With a lot of pain in my heart i put an end to my international career..I have always done everything to represent Belgium,unfortunately its not really good for some and from today I will be the first supporter” he wrote

Here is Belgium full Squad;

Belgium squad:

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 Kompnay (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), Alex witsel (Tianjin Quanjian).

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).

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