Everton star has a message for Dembele and Vermaelen - 'Everybody must play'

Kevin Mirallas had a message for the Tottenham and Arsenal stars - and Chelsea starlet Kevin De Bruyne.

Last night saw another dent in the armour of the rising Belgian national team - as for the third game in a row they finished without a victory.

The 3-2 loss at the hands of Japan follows another loss, 2-0 against Colombia, and a 1-1 draw with Wales in October - and suddenly the hippest football nation in the world is experience a significant dip in form.

It is the first time the Red Devils have lost twice in a row since 2010 and the manager Marc Wilmots is obviously worried that going into a World Cup where they have the best chance ever of potentially winning the competition - they are falling short at the final hurdle.

However one player who did come out of the international break with some credit was Everton forward Kevin Mirallas. He scored the opening goal for Belgium last night before Japan went rampant and the Everton player may have now strengthened his case for a spot on the right-wing of this talented side.

However he, like everyone currently involved in Belgian football, is also worried about the recent drop off in form - and cannot help but wonder why it is happening.

In fact, he has a theory … the players are not getting enough football.

Here is what he said after the game to the Belgian press:

"On a personal level, I'm glad to start the match, having played and to have scored. On a collective level, by cons, it's a big disappointment. Should not hide and must be emphasized that there has been a lot of gaps tonight. For the national team to be competitive, it is necessary that each player plays for his club ... players do not play and it shows in the games. To the team is really shaped, everybody must play. "

We can all guess the players he is talking about. Toby Alderweireld is struggling for football at Atletico Madrid, Daniel Van Buyten is not a regular at Bayern Munich and Steven Defour has lost his place in the Porto midfield.

Then of course there are three Premier League players who are not helping matters.

Thomas Vermaelen cannot buy a game at Arsenal right now, while Kevin De Bruyne and Mousa Dembele are currently out of contention at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

And Mirallas is in no doubt. If Belgium are to do something at the World Cup these stars need to be playing - which could mean January moves all around.

image: © Erik Daniel Drost

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