Bad news today for Matz Sels as he was one of the four goalkeepers cut form Belgium’s World Cup squad.
On Friday Public broadcaster VRT had shown video of 23 mattresses being loaded by a Belgium bedding company before they were transported to Russia.
And each mattress was the name of a Belgium player on it – so they put two and together and got five.
Matz Sels in action for Newcastle at Aston Villa – 24 September 2016
VRT were right that defenders Matz Sels, Christian Kabasele, and Jordan Lukaku were cut – but the other two players cut turned out to be Laurent Ciman and Christian Benteke.
And not Leander Dendoncker and Adnan Januzaj whose names were on the mattresses.
Oh well – you win some you lose some.
It’s very unlucky for Sels not be getting the experience of being at a World Cup as a player this summer in Russia.
Here is Belgium’s final squad of 23 announced today by manager Roberto Martinez:
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet
Defenders: Dedryck Boyata, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Leander Dendoncker, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier
Midfielders: Nacer Chadli, Thorgan Hazard, Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Mousa Dembele, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne
Attackers: Yannick Carrasco, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Michy Batshuayi
28-year-old attacking midfielder Nacer Chadli of West Brom made the squad, and he is available to Newcastle from the Baggies – wonder if Rafa rates him?
Belgium have some outstanding players and could be the surprise team of the tournament in Russia.
What do you think?