Kevin Mirallas has been given an opportunity to win his place back in his country's team by his former club manager.
The Everton forward has been named in the Belgium squad for the upcoming international break by new Red Devils boss Roberto Martinez.
It's a move that comes as something of a surprise given how Mirallas appeared to fall out of favour under the Catalan at Goodison Park, particularly in his final season as the Blues' boss.
Whether Martinez has opted for familiarity in his first Belgian squad or has called the 28-year-old up because of his good form in the first two games of the new Premier League season, Mirallas now has an opportunity to get back into the fold in his national side.
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1 Posted 26/08/2016 at 12:33:33
2 Posted 26/08/2016 at 12:33:55
One positive note: let's hope some of Henry's genius rubs off on our Belgium players.
3 Posted 26/08/2016 at 12:37:06
Beat everyone to it, I bet that felt good. The rest of TW is envious of this moment that we are all in.
4 Posted 26/08/2016 at 12:37:31
5 Posted 26/08/2016 at 12:38:16
6 Posted 26/08/2016 at 12:41:52
7 Posted 26/08/2016 at 12:45:35
8 Posted 26/08/2016 at 12:58:04
"Phenomenal" "Outstanding" "Remarkable" "Unique Talent" "Winning Mentality" "Exceptional"
Did Martinez actually relegate Wigan and get promotion to Everton?
Did Martinez actually turn our Everton into Wigan over a 3 year period and only not get relegated because of Lukaku's goals, and then get promoted to coach of the most talented International squad?
Ya couldn't write it could ya ha ha
9 Posted 26/08/2016 at 13:12:25
10 Posted 26/08/2016 at 13:28:59
What does that even mean?!
11 Posted 26/08/2016 at 13:32:01
What? Exceptional bullshit as ever from Bobby!
12 Posted 26/08/2016 at 13:33:17
13 Posted 26/08/2016 at 13:34:41
He is so painful, beyond a joke.
14 Posted 26/08/2016 at 13:37:17
Just once I long for a reporter to scream, "What are you fucking on about???" Or the Belgian equivalent.
16 Posted 26/08/2016 at 13:51:04
17 Posted 26/08/2016 at 13:56:55
Hope he does well!
18 Posted 26/08/2016 at 14:28:17
Denis Lawrence and Graeme Jones have won the lottery with RM. Mingolet, Vertongan and Alderweld may as well just play triangles for 2 years before RM is rumbled again.
20 Posted 26/08/2016 at 14:36:10
21 Posted 26/08/2016 at 14:37:38
He will create special moments for Belgium.
He might actually do a good job.
At Everton he didn't have enough talent to play the the way he liked.
He can't make Belgium any more open than they are already?? Or can he... haha!
23 Posted 26/08/2016 at 15:39:48
24 Posted 26/08/2016 at 15:41:21
25 Posted 26/08/2016 at 15:49:38
26 Posted 26/08/2016 at 15:56:48
Does Martinez know anything other than blowing smoke rings up anybodies arse?
If he acts like a clown, sounds like a clown, then the fool is a clown!
27 Posted 26/08/2016 at 16:00:24
28 Posted 26/08/2016 at 16:22:45
"I have just been listening over old Everton / Martinez press conferences ".
? ? ?
29 Posted 26/08/2016 at 16:37:08
"I'm hoping it won't come to him parading down the street naked as a jaybird before the Belgians eventually suss him".
I think that you'll find that Bobo is in fact the tailor, not the Emperor !
Phil @ 14.
You so often get pilloried for being miserable, well OK negative. Not everything that you say is wrong. Today you have succeeded in provoking me to involuntarily unload my "double barrelled snotgun" dead centre of my screen.
"Just once I long for a reporter to scream, "What are you fucking on about???" Or the Belgian equivalent.".
I like it a great deal, apart from the bleary mess that it created. But, thanks.
30 Posted 26/08/2016 at 16:39:07
31 Posted 26/08/2016 at 16:54:26
32 Posted 26/08/2016 at 16:59:08
I am laughing ear to ear ha ha
33 Posted 26/08/2016 at 17:25:52
34 Posted 26/08/2016 at 17:31:47
Fast forward a few months and far less nods and far more looks of complete bewilderment. Except that with much less international games he may come under far less scrutiny.
Brought Henry in for his "winning mentality" ("We'll soon knock that rubbish out of him, say all Three of the Stooges, Martinez, Jones and Lawrence")
How long before Thierry Henry does a Samuel Eto'o once he sees Graeme Jones and Dennis Lawrence taking a training session?
35 Posted 26/08/2016 at 17:37:56
36 Posted 26/08/2016 at 17:38:01
37 Posted 26/08/2016 at 17:46:24
It annoyed me that none of the media in that Belgium press conference once questioned his short comings at both Everton and Wigan?
If he were coming to Manage the England national team after spending the last 4 years Spain relegating one team and two 11th place finishes (and with a huge goals conceded ratio) with another club, wouldn't we all be questioning how and why that happened? The English Premier League doesn't end at Calais, people watch our league all around the world.
Makes no sense... ha ha.
38 Posted 26/08/2016 at 17:47:22
39 Posted 26/08/2016 at 17:57:24
A decent guy wouldn't have wrapped himself up as lamb when having the substance of mutton.
A decent guy wouldn't have hung out Baines to be a scapegoat when answering a reporters questions honestly.
A decent guy wouldn't have sold us bullshit for 3 year's worth of press conference's.
A decent guy wouldn't have blamed everyone but himself and his cronies for the crap he brought to Wigan and Everton.
Dick head springs to mind.
40 Posted 26/08/2016 at 18:16:47
All it took was a glance at the Wigan newspaper quotes and a chat with a few Pie Eaters to find the Emperor had no clothes apart from an FA Cup badge pinned to his arse
41 Posted 26/08/2016 at 18:31:07
42 Posted 26/08/2016 at 18:39:28
Bet he can't wait for his reunion with Coco.
Stewart @39. Bang on mate.
43 Posted 26/08/2016 at 18:52:43
I think the idea that anybody would, for some strange reason, actually expend his hours "listening over old Everton / Martinez press conferences" is absolutely drop-dead hilarious.
44 Posted 26/08/2016 at 18:58:02
An absolute football fraud of the highest order, I'm still in shock that this utter tool has been given another role in football!
His interview with Jamie Carragher still gives me nightmares.
He probably still exonerates himself of any blame for our teams demise when he managed us.
45 Posted 26/08/2016 at 19:32:35
Baines on Training
46 Posted 26/08/2016 at 19:37:37
He didn't have what it takes to look after a club side, he didn't have the 24/7 dedication. He didn't have the attention to detail. he was a bit of a fantasist . . but those who think he won the FA Cup by accident are clearly clueless, do they not remember they murdered us on the way? Some of their performances were inspired.
International management is about tournament football; it's different and only a fool would rule out this talented team to win a major tournament under Martinez and Henry.
47 Posted 26/08/2016 at 19:48:17
48 Posted 26/08/2016 at 19:58:32
Many of the comments here are mean-spirited, bitter and unnecessary.
49 Posted 26/08/2016 at 20:06:39
50 Posted 26/08/2016 at 20:15:28
51 Posted 26/08/2016 at 20:51:42
52 Posted 26/08/2016 at 21:04:37
I would love to be a fly on the wall when Martinez asks Lukaku what he was laughing about when the announcement of Martinez as Belgium boss was being announced.
53 Posted 26/08/2016 at 23:00:40
He names Kevin to the national team. Screeching halt to Evertonian Mirallas ever putting the poor mouth on him to the English press.
This guy's so good, he should run for office. I'm serious.
54 Posted 27/08/2016 at 00:27:40
56 Posted 27/08/2016 at 07:46:31
Missed pens, sendings off and going missing for 85 minutes when he did play were all good reason to leave him out.
The seasons two games old that's not a consistent run in the side, if he can string a run of games together then he deserves credit but I don't think Martinez treatment of Mirallas was bad management.
He has lots of faults Roberto is treatment of Kevin Mirallas was not one of them.
57 Posted 27/08/2016 at 11:18:54
58 Posted 27/08/2016 at 12:46:43
He is a phony who took us several steps backwards and ruined the team spirit collectively and individually. Thank you, Patrick, for the Baines article, it says everything.
59 Posted 27/08/2016 at 13:36:46
So if KM and Pingu can get them to plan defense at the hotel behind RM's back?
He'll hopefully not be able to Martinez' their natural skills and mentalities in the limited time he's got available... Maybe...
60 Posted 27/08/2016 at 19:22:31
I never once thought he was good enough to manage us, but when you take into account the actual amount of time he'll get with his players now, it won't be enough to unbalance our contingent hopefully.
I think he should just let them practice ticcy-taccy at his gatherings, then just let them play their game, don't practice defending, so they still can actually defend properly and he'll win the Euros!!
I'd still love to see him ruin Spurs defence though.
61 Posted 29/08/2016 at 22:18:41
Particularly enjoyed Phil's (14), laughed out loud on the train!
I like how we can laugh at Martinez now ðŸ˜…
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