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Friday May 23 2014
Mertens urges Algeria focus

Dries Mertens is urging his Belgium teammates to focus on their first World Cup game against Algeria on June 17.

Marc Wilmots’ outfit have been drawn in Group H for the tournament alongside the African nation, Russia and the Korea Republic.

And the Napoli midfielder has insisted that that first game in Belo Horizonte will be vital.

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Tuesday May 13 2014
Mertens in, Nainggolan out

Napoli winger Dries Mertens is in Belgium’s preliminary World Cup squad, but Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan is only a stand-by.

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Tuesday April 15 2014
Benitez: Mertens can do even better

Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez has praised the contribution of Dries Mertens to his side but says he can still improve.

The 26-year-old Belgian arrived at San Paolo last summer and has attracted praise for his recent Azzurri performances.

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Monday April 14 2014
Nainggolan reiterates WC desire

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan hopes that his form for the Giallorossi can get him a World Cup berth.

The 25-year-old has become an integral part of the capital club’s starting XI since signing from Cagliari in Janaury.

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Friday April 4 2014
Nainggolan: I deserve Belgium place

Radja Nainggolan has affirmed his belief that he ‘deserves’ to be in Belgium’s squad for the World Cup.

The Roma midfielder has played just five times for his national team since making his debut in 2009.

But with just over two months to go until the tournament in Brazil, the 25-year-old has claimed that he has done enough to get on the plane.

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Tuesday November 12 2013
'Cagliari has been a disadvantage'

Radja Nainggolan has admitted that playing for Cagliari has damaged his national team chances.

The midfielder has been named in the Belgium squad for friendlies against Colombia and Japan this month, but has only played four times previously.

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Thursday November 7 2013
Belgium recall Cagliari’s Nainggolan

Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan is back in the Belgium squad for this month’s two international friendlies.

The 25-year-old, who hadn’t been selected for almost a year, has been called up for the ties against Colombia and Japan on November 14 and 19 respectively.

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Thursday October 17 2013
'I should be in Belgium squad'

Radja Nainggolan believes that playing for Cagliari may be standing in his way of getting a Belgium call up.

The 25-year-old has played just five times for the Belgians, and took no part in World Cup qualifying.

And the midfielder has admitted that playing for the Isolani could be counting against him.

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Tuesday October 15 2013
Di Biagio eyes top spot

Luigi Di Biagio has reflected that he believes Italy can still qualify for the 2015 European Under-21 Championships from top spot in their group.

The Azzurrini had begun their campaign to try to get to the finals to be held in the Czech Republic on the back foot, suffering a 3-1 defeat to Belgium in September.

However, yesterday evening saw them bounce back with a 1-0 win in Genk over the same team and move up to second in Group 9, six points behind the Belgians but having played two games fewer.

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Tuesday October 15 2013
U-21s: Italy avenge Belgians

A single goal from Cristian Battocchio proved enough for Italy’s Under-21s to defeat their Belgian counterparts on Monday evening.

Luigi Di Biagio’s side had fallen to a 3-1 reverse in Rieti during September’s 2015 European Championship qualifying clash between the two teams, but avenged that result yesterday.

The Azzurrini dominated proceedings in Genk and beyond Battocchio’s header from a corner could have extended the score-line out.

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