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Belgium Star Announces Surprise International Retirement After World Cup Snub

Belgium Star Announces Surprise International Retirement After World Cup Snub

By Keegan Kruger - May 21, 2018 04:13 PM @KeeganKruger

A Belgium international announced his surprise retirement from international football on Monday after he was snubbed for a place in his country's provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who made only two appearances for his country during their Russia 2018 qualifying campaign, was left out by former Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who decided to take the likes of Adnan Januzaj, Nacer Chadli and Youri Tielemans instead.

The 30-year-old announced his decision via Instagram a few minutes after he found out he would not be travelling to the showpiece in Russia.

"Very reluctantly my international career comes to an end," the midfielder wrote on the social media website.

"I have always done everything I could to represent my country Belgium. Being yourself can be bothering... From this day on I will be the first fan."

Nainggolan represented his country on 30 occasions, finding himself on the scoresheet six times along the way.

Was the midfielder's exclusion a surprise to you? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Dave1992 Joined: 12 Jun 2016
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Dave1992 May 23, 2018 08:26 AM
For Roberto Martinez to talk about professionalism is beyond laughable.This decision wasn't made with regards to his talent but rather personal issues with Radja
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KhothaKhosi May 22, 2018 09:53 AM
Adnan Januzaj instead of a man who played CL semi-finals?! Scoring crucial goals?! well, some nations are rich in talent. I am not sure if Adnan is ready for world cup.
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NhlingoWeBhakaniya May 22, 2018 07:11 AM
Mxm the coach scks
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Tsunky May 22, 2018 01:14 AM
Wow
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MR E May 22, 2018 12:14 AM
Radja did well for Roma and deserve to be in the Belgium squad, this is not fair, unlucky player
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Prayer@k4l May 21, 2018 07:30 PM
Some coaches though
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Prayer@k4l May 21, 2018 07:30 PM
Wow
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MSANDROTIC Joined: 18 Jun 2013
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MSANDROTIC May 21, 2018 06:55 PM
It's a surprise indeed coz he was really outstanding in his team

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