The Belgian national coach Roberto Martinez has, in spite of the controversy that there is in the country arise still does not regret that he is Radja Nainggolan has not included in his final selection for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Russia.
“The easiest thing would be to have the 23 names to choose from that everyone in the outside world had expected. But then you come to the world cup to the constatatie that those players are not performing as we want it,” said Martinez in an interview with Proximus Sports.
“I have to make tough decisions, not because I like to do. I decide, on the basis of performance for the national team and on the basis of the various roles that this group needs.”
The choice of Martinez to Nainggolan at home to make him in particular a lot of criticism from the supporters. The Belgian football association belgian football association felt even forced to them via a press release to call behind the team to remain standing.
“More than ever, we call our twelfth man on to feel like one block behind the ‘Red Devils’ claws. Both players and technical staff are particularly motivated for this world CHAMPIONSHIPS a great success”, was to read.
Martinez has to say, no problem that the supporters have heard. He is not fooled.
“I decide on a professional and fair manner on the basis of information that we are in a period of two years have collected. Not on the basis of the last two or three weeks,” he says.
“It would be much easier to make a different decision, but that in the end would be a big mistake for everyone. It would not be the right choice.”
Belgium is on the world cup grouped into group G, along with Panama, Tunisia and the uk. The ‘Red Devils’ take on June 18, first at Panama and crosses after the battle with Tunisia (23 June) and England (28 June).
The global final tournament begins on 14 June in Moscow with the match between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia. The final is on July 15 and is also in Moscow finished.
Check out the (pre)selections for the world cup 2018
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