Belgium Training - EURO 2016
Mousa Dembele was left out of Belgium's opening Euro 2016 game - and the Red Devils suffered a 2-0 defeat to Italy.
Dembele had been one of the best players in the Premier League last season, a dynamic force in midfield for Tottenham, who struggled without him when he was suspended at the end of the campaign.
Tottenham's Mousa Dembele in action with West Brom's Craig Gardner
Swansea City winger Wayne Routledge, formerly of Spurs, took to Twitter to express his frustration that Belgium snubbed Dembele.
No Dembele??? No Party— Wayne Routledge (@WayneRoutledge) June 13, 2016
He was not the only one to do so, with Jon Arne Riise, formerly of Liverpool, also using twitter to criticise Belgium boss Marc Wilmots' decision to select Marouane Fellaini instead of Dembele.
Lukaku has been awful tonight! Rightly taken https://t.co/3UxDwHTuXY Fellaini starts instead of Dembele is madness— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) June 13, 2016
Belgium's 2-0 loss is likely to prompt them to have a re-think, and Mousa Dembele's importance to them may well have been underlined by the result.
The midfielder is banned for the first three games of Tottenham's season after his clash with Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge, and they will be needing to formulate a plan to cope without him.