List of the most unusual names in years. Roberto Martinez, head coach of the national team, will soon announce his selection for the friendlies against Ireland and Burkina Faso. Without the most experienced Devils, but only with international players who have played less than 50 caps on their counters.
Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku…
They had been emphatic in choosing the Red Devils for over ten years. When Roberto Martinez reviews his Tubize name list, they won’t be there for once.
Demons with more than 50 hats will be missing
Vertonghen, Witsel, Alderweireld, E. Hazard, Mertens, R. Lukaku, Courtois, De Bruyne, Vermaelen, Carrasco, Meunier.
The national coach announced a few months ago that he would only call up international players with fewer than 50 caps for the international match in March. “We want to prepare them for the 2026 World Cup,” Martinez said earlier. “It is helpful to see how these people deal with more responsibility.”
In addition, the Spaniard also believes that it is the perfect opportunity to give the most nervous fiends a respite after difficult seasons with a busy calendar.
International players who currently play less at their club – think Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard – will not be there either. Neither did the injured Timothy Castanee, Dennis Bright and Zenio Vanheusden.
Concretely, Yuri Tillmans will become the most experienced demon with 47 caps.
Demons with less than 50 caps selected recently
Castells, Mignolet, Sells, Van Crombrough, Kaminsky, Theat, Weiss, Boyata, Kubo, Denayer, Phuket, Dendoncker, Lukunga, de Kettler, Vanaken, T. Hazard, Trussard, Sailemaker, Versaceren, Lucbakio, Origi, Pentequerin Doku, Pachán Januzaj, Raman.
Do we expect a surprise soon? Nicholas Storm (KV Mechelen) and Siebe Van Der Heyden (Union) have already received a letter in the mail stating that they are part of the pre-selection.
Only Martinez announced earlier that there would be no starters in the selection. Does he keep his word?
In addition, it is important to watch the number of national park players coaches with national promises. They will soon play a crucial European Championship qualifier in Denmark. So there is a chance that Martinez will have boys like Verschaeren, Theate and even De Ketelaere to join U21.
Martinez will announce his selection at 12 noon.
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