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Five Belgium flops 'fly home from World Cup 2022 separately to rest of squad' after disastrous tournament exit | The Sun

FIVE Belgium players reportedly took earlier flights home to the rest of the squad after crashing out of the World Cup,

The Red Devils exited the tournament in the group stage after failing to beat Croatia in their final match.

Roberto Martinez's side created plenty of chances against the 2018 finalists but were unable to find a clinical finish.

Some of the players were visibly devastated at full-time, with Romelu Lukaku having to be consoled by assistant manager Thierry Henry.

The draw left Belgium in third place, with Morocco finishing top and Croatia going through in second place.

Throughout the duration of the tournament, there have been reports of unrest in the team's dressing room.

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Stories of in-fighting started to emerge after they lost their second group game against Morocco.

It has now been reported that Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Jeremy Doku, Arthur Theate and Lois Openda opted to pay for their own flights home from Qatar, according to Het Laatste Nieuws.

The report also suggests that they arrived in Brussels before their teammates and that they went on an earlier flight.

Manager Martinez refuted the suggestions that there had been issues in the squad and instead suggested that it was the French media playing dirty tricks in order to distract his team.

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However, after being knocked out the tournament the former Wigan and Everton boss stepped down from his duties as Belgium manager.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois came out and said that if the player that leaked the stories is found it would be their last time in the national team.

Ahead of their final game, the team performed a group huddle on the pitch as a sign of unity.

However, the stories that came out were damming as some suggested Manchester City star Kevin de Bruynecalshed with Toby Alderweireld over the team's style of play.

The midfielder also said that the team was "too old" to win the competition, which did not go down well with his teammates.

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