Delcroix (ex-RKC) is allowed to make its debut with the Red Devils thanks to Japanese authorities


Roberto Martinez brought Hannes Delcroix to the Red Devils. For many people that fact raised eyebrows. During a press conference, the national coach announced that it was not the intention to summon the youngster from Anderlecht at first. But he couldn’t do otherwise.

This season he participated five times at Anderlecht. A selection by Delcroix was therefore not obvious, national coach Roberto Martínez also admitted. The Spaniard had hoped that he could call on Thomas Vermaelen in the coming international matches. However, the experienced defender of the Japanese Vissel Kobe was not allowed to travel to Belgium by the local authorities. Martínez had to look for another left-footed defender and so ended up with Delcroix.

However, the Haiti-born defender has experience in the Belgian youth selections, the national coach also knows. You can join the Red Devils in two ways: either you excel at your team, or you do that at the U21. The latter did Delcroix “, Martínez said during his press conference on Tuesday.” He was very good against Germany. Now we are going to see what he can do within this group. “

Belgium plays three games in one week. The Red Devils practice against Switzerland on Wednesday and then defend their lead in Nations League group A2 against England and Denmark.


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