Marc Wilmots explains why he left Tottenham Hotspur attacker Nacer Chadli out of Belgium squad

Nacer Chadli

The attacker has not been a Premier League regular this season.

Yesterday Belgium announced their squad for the European Championships this summer.

Spurs stars Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are all included in Marc Wilmots’ squad.

But one Tottenham player did miss out on initial selection.

Tottenham attacker Nacer Chadli was left out of the squad – although is on the standby list.

Speaking about the decision to leave Chadli out Wilmots stated to the press, as reported by RTL Sport:

"Nacer experienced, as did Thorgan Hazard and Kevin Mirallas, a difficult season.

“In recent months, he did not often play with Tottenham and he is in my opinion not 100% ready.

“I did not discuss with him his non-selection. I opted for the speed and depth that Yannick Carrasco and Divock Origi can bring.”

Chadli, who has scored three goals in 30 international appearances, is still used mainly as a substitute for Spurs and has not made massive strides this season toward changing that.

He has played just 914 minutes of Premier League football this season, compared to the 2415 minutes he played last term, so Chadli cannot be surprised that he has been left on the standby list.

The Belgian has struggled to play regular football this term with Dele Alli’s emergence and the arrival of Heung-min Son in the summer.

He will now only feature for Belgium at the Euros if one of the current players in the squad pulls out injured.

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