BELGIUM RECALLS KOMPANY AFTER QUITTING MANCHESTER CITY

By Babajide Labinjo-

Vincent Kompany has been recalled by Belgium coach barely 24 hours after he announced his retirement from Manchester City football club.

Roberto Matinez, Belgium coach recalled him for the Euro 2020 qualifiers with Scotland and Kazakhstan. Kompany has not featured for Belgium since November 2018. The Belgians are set to play Kazakhstan on June 8th.

"He will be selected on his merit as a player, not as a coach. He will do everything to get to Euro 2020," said Martinez.

Kompany brought his 11 years stint in Manchester City to a halt on Sunday when he announced his retirement as captain and player for the English champions. He said he has accepted a player – coach offer from his former club Anderlecht.

He came through the youth ranks at Anderlecht before leaving for Hamburg in 2006 and will return on a three-year deal this summer.

"In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach," Martinez added.

"In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding.

"We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does."

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