Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been omitted from Belgium’s squad for this summer’s World Cup.Nainggolan isn’t only loved for his warrior attitude or his punky character, but the general public clearly chose his side after Martínez ignored him for most of the qualifiying games. Despite scant playing time, fans voted him as the best international during the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Martinez has named a 28-man provisional squad for the tournament, meaning there are places for the likes of Christian Benteke and Nacer Chadli, despite disappointing campaigns in the Premier League for Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively.Martínez and Nainggolan have never been a match.It’s simple. The former Everton boss doesn’t trust Nainggolan. Neither on nor off the pitch. He sees him as a number 10 rather than a box-to-box or holding midfielder, so has no suitable place for him in his preferred 3-4-3 shape, but when you also factor in that Il Ninja’s lifestyle is not what he expects from a professional player. That’s it.