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Mattress-Gate Got It Wrong – But Newcastle Goalkeeper Still Cut From World Cup Squad

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

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?

7 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jun 4, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1
  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Jayfoto actually alluded to this story on the
    previous thread

  • posada

    Jun 4, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Say someone offers 30M for one of your players.
    Not speculation a firm offer. You don’t take it.
    Are you obliged to put the player on a better wage comensurate with being a 30M player.
    I would say yes.
    Why ? Football is a game where it can all end quickly due to illness, injury or sudden drop of form.
    Club and player should view any such offer as a great opportunity.

    If he gets improved terms what does it do to your wage structure.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 4, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Some squad that.. Think it’s going to be an interesting world cup as many teams are about the same in terms of quality, what strikes me as interesting is the level of manager is horrendous! That belgium squad but managed by Martinez? England by southgate? Lopetegui at spain whilst unbeaten, hardly a top manager? Tite at brazil? Even Deschamps at France was a patchy club manager. My bet for world cup is Argentina under Sampaoli… if anything they’ll be good to watch and they’ve got a decent group to get up and running, Messi’s and agueros last world cup, few rising stars in dybala, Lo celso and Pavon aswell as big game players in Otamendi, Mascherano and Di Maria

  • jayphoto

    Jun 4, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #5

    @Posada – always thought the captain should be among the highest earners if not THE highest earner. The role of captain implies there importance etc.. No idea what Lascelles is on, pretty sure he signed a 5 year deal not too long ago? But hes the first name on team sheet, never shirks or hides, il bet his wages are nowhere near Shelveys

  • Ben Afri

    Jun 4, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d be surprised if Lascelles’ new wages don’t at least match Shelvey’s now with Rafa there to make sure his post valued players are respected.

  • Ben Afri

    Jun 4, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #7

    post = most


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