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Somebody Asleep At The Wheel – Belgium Squad Inadvertently Revealed – Sels May Miss Out

There’s been a huge embarrassment for Belgium manager Roberto Martinez who is to announce his final 23 man squad for the World Cup on Monday.

Public broadcaster VRT has shown video of 23 mattresses being loaded by a Belgium bedding company before they were transported to Russia.

And you guessed it – on each mattress was the name of a Belgium player.

Put two and two together and you have the names of the 23 man Belgium squad.

Matz Sels – misses out on World Cup – his mattress was missing

If that’s the real squad then Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels, defenders Christian Kabasele and Jordan Lukaku, and midfielders Leander Dendoncker and Adnan Januzaj are the five players who will miss out from the provisional squad of 28 that was already named.

National manager Roberto Martinez is vehemently denying the squad has indeed been leaked.

But if those five players are the ones missing out when he officially announces the squad on Monday the squad has indeed been leaked.

That would be a pity because Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels will miss out on such a huge opportunity.

Seems to us like somebody was asleep at the wheel.

Sorry – that’s the best I can come up with – maybe Belgium officials will be losing sleep before Monday?

I’ll stop now before I dig a deeper hole.


Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Who’s quoted we want £30million for Mitrovich?

    A player we don’t want and some don’t seem to think can play in the Premiership.

    Last year we paid £5million for Joselu, I’d like to know why the club won’t pay the going rate for decent players but expects to be paid it and more.

  • stestickle

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    so players get mattresses now. What happened to the caps

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think those players being left behind will be
    a shock to anyone least of all the players themselves.
    for example Dendoncker & Januzaj had no chance
    ahead of
    De Bruyne

  • stestickle

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    On mitro would take 20m upfront rather than 30m in installments

  • lochinvar

    Jun 2, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Good piece by Jackie Smithfield at The Mag about Porto and they’ve made some classy comments about Sir Bobby Robson, affectionaly known by them as Bobby 5-0 as that was often the scores they won by.


  • Bobbybee

    Jun 2, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6


    That link last night was poor. Here is a, better highlights package. Another motm performance from the wee man with another assist and goal.
    Check out the control, before the cross with his left foot, followed by a lovely goal with his right.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 2, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    On the Mitro situation, I see the asking price as just a figure to bring out the offers.
    More than one club want him so this will sort out the time wasters. Can’t see anybody paying £30m but no harm in asking for it and taking the best offer.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 2, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Why don’t Leeds and Sunderland merge to form one fallen club and leave more space for a more deserving club like Accrington Stanley to be successful in.

    Leeds United have sacked head coach Paul Heckingbottom after only four months in charge, saying they want to bring in a “more experienced” manager.
    The 40-year-old won four of his 16 games, having left Barnsley to replace Thomas Christiansen. They will start the season with a new manager for a fifth successive year and Argentine Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly the favourite to succeed Heckingbottom.

  • posada

    Jun 2, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Re Arma.
    Would like to see the club and the lad do something with a bit more imagination.
    Why not fix him up with a club in France or Holland.
    Young Boys in Switzerland.
    A year to complete his football education.
    Our players never do that. Too easy staying at home. You can make serious money staying in the Championship.

  • posada

    Jun 2, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Re the Russian who owns Chelsea.
    His new 60,000 capacity stadium was going to cost 800M.
    Makes you appreciate our ground.
    20 years now since the extension.
    Seats 52 thou.
    Might now be lagging behind some of the newer ones, but it is rightly a very good tribute to the folks that made it happen. The supporters, Freddy Shepherd, SJH and others.

  • magic hat

    Jun 2, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Inflation and London prices aside you’re right our stadium is front the time we had ambition and helped drive the whole city forward. Changing from a industrial past into a cultural and education based economy. I don’t think we are lagging behind but certainly could be more ambitious again!

  • Tsunki

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Virtually all owners of football clubs have common faults and flaws and greed is among them, there is a marked difference in the intent of our previous owners and the current incumbent. The previous owners stuck their neck out and reached for the heights of this club’s potential, including the correct decision to have one of the largest stadia in the land. The current owner tried to instill in us contentment at survival and properly balanced finances.

    Strange that some still laud the tenure of the current owner as the saviour of the club from something that never actually happened. Saved from a club that might have gone bankrupt iys said. But not saved from a club that might have been pulling in champions league money and win competitions these last ten years instead of two relegations.

  • i

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Comment 10.
    I would the 800m is due to the location, cost of land and labour etc. I would think a stadium of the same spec could be built in Newcastle for about £80-100m (50m in Sunderland).
    I actually think they made a huge mistake only making it 52k? It should have been at least 65k.

  • cyprus

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Mitro is worth that much, someone will pay it. Successful, young CFs aren’t easy to come by, as we’ll find out soon enough.

    5 m. CFs are bargain basement these days.

    I just hope we don’t first sell Mitro and then try to sign someone. Ending with no one or a last minute anyone. We’ve had that happen often enough…

    Like I said, hope we keep the lad. He has what it takes and his best years are still ahead.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Once Man City & Chelsea got all that money it put an end to our champions league dreams. Not to mention the moment Freddy decided to hire Souness and give him all that money to spend. Probably the craziest decision in football, followed closely by Ashley giving McClaren loads. But we can’t put all the blame on Ashley. We were out the race well before he come.

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley loans the club money and puts big signage up gratis

    Freddy put signage up gratis (remember Shepherd Offshore
    and Cameron Hall) and robs the club.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Some years back there were ambitious plans or audacious suggestions I think under Freddy Shepherd that NUFC should build a state of the art stadium as part of plans to rejuvenate industrial land in the same way that Boro and the Mackems moved out of their urban homelands to barren wastelands to become retail park playgrounds. It’s hardly been a success either for the clubs or their local economies. Everton are now trying to emulate that plan in a vain attempt to close the gap on their Liverpool rivals.

    St. James’ Park is unique and all the more fantastic for where it’s located. It’s a beating heartbeat for the city. Redevelopment plans for the Gallowgate to take capacity to near 60,000 exist and can be implemented if Ashley and the City Council show willing. When that happens the City would truly have global recognition for a club and City promoting excellence.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #18

    That proposal for a new ground I think suggested Newburn where the business park is now as a suggested venue, but other sites were mooted.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #19

    As advertised ha ha shepherd and hall robbed the club etc. Yes they were no less greedy. Point is, during whose tenure were we playing cl footy and getting to cup finals? And during whose tenure did we get relegated twice and set company policy to avoid competitions. I’m not talking about the morals of rich businessmen I’m contrasting their objectives. They were entirely different.

  • Kebabacus

    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Watching Arma fitting in seamlessly with the u-21s… Does anyone think Arma and Mitro would have scored less than Joselu and Gayle if they had been given the whole season?

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #21

    To add some 8,000 seats to the Stadium was going to cost around £300million in 2007, probably 50% more now)!.

    Personally i think that’s way too much cash to spend on it for just a small (8%) increase in seats.

    I’d much rather “Do a Spurs”, move the Stadium slightly, as in keep it’s location but make better use of the area, then develop a 65,000 seater for £1 billion.

    Wouldn’t that make more sense?

    Sadly, as we don’t own the land, would that add value to the club? And, more to the point, where would we play our home games?

  • Tsunki

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Kebabacus – maybe. But it appears the right options were taken so it ended up ok.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Woukd 8k seats net you £7-9m a year what with beer and pies etc? If it really would cost £300m to add that capacity you’d wait a long time to break even wouldn’t you?

  • Kebabacus

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Tsunki – If Joselu is the right option, I’d rather be wrong.

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #25

    That’s one of the great imponderables
    You can drive yourself nuts if you think
    too much about it

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Where would we play our home games?
    Stadium of Shoite

  • Kebabacus

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Jib – True that. Can’t help but wonder after a couple of beers though.

    How about this: would you rather stick with Joselu and Gayle again next season or twist with Arma and Mitro?

  • Tsunki

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Kebabacus – he was a tactical means to an end. Forget the “striker” part that obviously wasn’t actually in the equation 🙂

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Would we really rent the stadium of shoite off them for 20-25 games a year? Would we fill it? Would the fans accept that?

    As there’s just the Falcon’s pitch as the alternative?

    I’m not sure the season ticket holders would be happy, even in the long term.

    Hypothetical though, no chance Fatty Ashbuckle would ever spend that.

  • Offkey

    Jun 2, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #30

    I have no issues with a 30 million price tag for mitro.

    1. Rarely is an asking price your bottom line as it leaves no room to manoeuvre.
    2. His goals record is good for club and country.
    3. He is young but with lots of experience CL, PL etc.

    Just because a player doesn’t fit your system doesn’t mean you should sell for peanuts

  • toonluvva

    Jun 2, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #31


    The Falcons ground is a non-starter. A new housing development will soon surround it and I can’t see the residents of Kingston Park welcoming 60,000 fans with open arms. They hate the influx of the rugger buggers who have forced the residents to require parking permits to park outside their own homes.


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