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Published: 10:21 | 2/7/16

Courtois fails to back Wilmots


Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois declined to back his under-fire manager Marc Wilmots following the Red Devils' Euro 2016 defeat to Wales.

Belgium, ranked second in the Fifa world rankings, crashed out of Euro 2016 at the quarter-final stage after a 3-1 defeat to Chris Coleman's side in Lille, but Wilmots said after the game that he won't make a decision on his future until after the tournament ends on 10 July.

"I said I'd make my decision after the European Championship. I won't make one straight after the game," he said.

"There's a lot of adrenaline going. We'll have to see."

Wilmots and Courtois clashed over tactics following Belgium's group stage 2-0 defeat to Italy, and the Chelsea goalkeeper said the pair had again exchanged words after the defeat to Wales at the Stade Pierre Mauroy,

"This was an opportunity we may not get again," the 24-year-old told reporters after the game.

"I gave him my opinion in the dressing room. He has to make his own decision.

"I pointed the finger where it had to be put after the game. We have to remain intelligent. We’re young and we’re going to still spend a lot of time together. But it’s a disappointment because we had a golden chance to go to the final.

"It’s the biggest disappointment of my career and I’ve played in the final of the Champions League. We started the game well, we created two or three chances and we got the goal. But afterwards we fell back into our half, we left too much space and we couldn’t hit back.

"Wales had more chances than us and were more dangerous. They controlled the match and we felt like we couldn’t create any chances."

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