Radja Nainggolan has announced his retirement from international football after the Roma midfielder was left out of Belgium's provisional World Cup squad.
After helping his Serie A side to a Champions League semi-final place, where they finally succumbed to a free-scoring Liverpool side, the player was omitted from the 28-man squad chosen by Roberto Martinez.
'Top player' Nainggolan out for 'tactical reasons'
The Belgian manager said that the decision was "tactical" despite describing the 30-year old as a "top player".
After missing out of what is almost certainly his last World Cup, Nainggolan posted a message on social media:
"Very reluctantly my international career comes to an end. I've always done everything I could to represent my country."
Met veel pijn in het hart maak ik een einde aan men internationale carriere... ik heb er altijd alles aangedaan om er bij te zijn en belgie te vertegenwoordigen 🇧🇪... spijtig genoeg is ECHT zijn niet goed voor SOMMIGE... En vanaf vandaag zal ik de eerste supporter zijn.... Purtroppo molto a malincuore termina la mia carriera internazionale... ho sempre fatto di tutto per poter rappresentare la mia nazione 🇧🇪 Essere se stessi a volte puó dare fastidio... Da oggi saró il primo tifoso... Very reluctantly my international career comes to an end...I’ve always done everthing I could to represent my country🇧🇪 Being yourself can be bothering ...From this day on I will be the first fan...