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Belgium Star Announces Surprise International Retirement After World Cup Snub

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.

Click through the gallery above to see some other stars who have been snubbed by their national teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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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