Photo of the week: Better together
The Red Devils gathered this week at the national football complex in Tubize to start training in preparation for World Cup
Jostling for a spot
Early this week, coach Roberto Martinez announced the 28 players included in the pre-selection to represent the national side at World Cup. These will be whittled down to 23 on 4 June.
Not part of the pre-selection was Radja Nainggolan, which disappointed fans of the belligerent Roma midfielder. Nainggolan, who hails from Antwerp, has become a popular player in Belgium in response, in fact, to being ignored by the coach in qualifiers. Affectionately referred to as “Ninja”, his underdog status and hot-headed outbursts have become a source of pride for local supporters.
Players sure to make the cut for World Cup glory are Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku – who Martinez calls one of the best strikers in the world – Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and team captain Eden Hazard.
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