Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has said that he will be leaving out midfielder Radja Nainggolan out of his World Cup squad. Martinez admitted that the decision was down to “tactical” reasons.
The 30-year-old is one of the country’s best players, and has enjoyed an impressive four-and-a-half year period with Roma.
However when Martinez submitted his provisional 28-man group, Radja Nainggolan was absent. According to the Spaniard, the player’s style of play clashes with his own tactics.
At a press conference, Martinez said: “First and foremost, we all know Radja is a top player, there is no question about that. It is a tactical reason. In the last two years, the team has worked in an offensive way, in a very specific manner.
“In the case of Radja, we all know he has a very important role at club level and I don’t think we can give him that in the national team.