Thibaut Courtois has refused to make the journey to Tallinn for Belgium’s Euro 2024 qualifier towards Estonia on Tuesday after being ignored for the stand-in captaincy final week. Within the absence of standard skipper Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku wore the captain’s armband for a 1-1 draw with Austria final Saturday. Coach Domenico Tedesco stated the plan had been for his two vice-captains, Lukaku and Actual Madrid goalkeeper Courtois, to steer the aspect in a single match every through the worldwide break.
“After the sport Thibaut instantly needed to speak to me and advised me he was going residence as a result of he was upset and felt insulted,” Tedesco advised a press convention on Monday.
“In my eyes, he is the perfect goalkeeper on the planet. I respect him as a goalkeeper and likewise as an individual.
“I am shocked and shocked that he felt offended and upset.
“In March, we determined that Kevin can be captain and there can be two vice-captains — Lukaku and Courtois.”
Courtois in a press release stated he was “shocked” to listen to Tedesco “give a partial and subjective view of a non-public dialog”.
“I requested him, not out of non-public curiosity, to clarify and take choices to keep away from conditions we now have already skilled that harmed us,” he stated.
“To be captain or not is not a whim or a random resolution, it is as much as him (Tedesco) to determine and that is what I attempted to make him perceive.”
Strasbourg ‘keeper Matz Sels will take Courtois’ place in objective for the Estonia sport.
Belgian media reported that Courtois’ resolution additionally got here as a shock to his teammates.
“It is a unhappy scenario,” stated veteran defender Jan Vertonghen.
“I would favor Thibaut to be there however the group course of is essential. That course of is now definitely disrupted and an answer should be discovered.”
Belgium have been affected by reported infighting through the World Cup final 12 months after they crashed out within the group stage, with De Bruyne saying through the match the crew have been “too previous”.
Earlier captain Eden Hazard retired from worldwide soccer after the debacle in Qatar and coach Roberto Martinez left.
Belgium have 4 factors from two video games in Euro qualifying, sitting second in Group F behind Austria.