Martinez Reveals Reason for Not Calling Radja Nainggolan to Belgian National Team

Martinez Reveals Reason for Not Calling Radja Nainggolan to Belgian National Team

Belgian national team coach Roberto Martinez has announced a list of players in his new squad The 44-year-old skipper returned not to mention Radja Nainggolan’s name.

Belgian national team will melakoni two match trial against Mexico on Friday (10/11/2017) and Japan on Tuesday (11/14/2017) to be held at home.

Coming to the game, Roberto Martinez has released a list of 27 names of players he will use against the game.

However, the name Radja Nainggolan again not tucked in the squad. In fact, 29-year-old player was in a great performance with his club, AS Roma.

The last time Nainggolan strengthen Belgium in World Cup 2018 qualifying match when defeating Czech, June 5, 2017.

However, Martinez had a different opinion. One of the most important reasons is that he thinks Nainggolan’s style does not match his plans with the team.

“I realize that Radja is a very popular person.I know Radja is a player with great potential, but he must have an important role in the team,” Martinez said as quoted by SportMagazine.

“I have to make a decision based on the balance of the team, I can say that at number 10, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens are the best players we have today,” he said.

Martinez also explained that the opportunity he gave to Nainggolan with the Belgian national team was given and the Indonesian blooded player had failed to meet his expectations.

“Radja is the 10th best player for Roma with a free role behind Edin Dzeko.The best influence of Radja is when he can get into the opponent’s penalty box or when he can shoot from distance,” said Martinez.

“We have tried him to play at number 10 in the face of Russia, Czech and Greece, but never succeeded,” he said.

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