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Martinez resigns as coach after Belgium’s elimination

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Roberto Martinez has left Belgium after the second-rated FIFA team played a scoreless draw with Croatia, condemning them to group elimination at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Speaking after the game, he said: ”That was my last game with the national team, I can’t carry on. It’s time for me to accept that this is the last game.”

The side won one game, lost one and draw one, amassing four points that may them fall behind Morocco and Croatia who went through to the Round of 16.

However, while they may not be together on the pitch for much longer, Martinez insisted the Golden generation was still having an impact away from the field.

He said: “The golden generation is doing something that is bringing the next generation on. It’s not only what they’re doing on the pitch. The legacy can be left in many ways. Today we are out of a good tournament and now the standards need to carry on rising.”

The Spanish trainer, who took up the challenge in 2016, has helped the Belgian side win 64 games in all competitions.

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