GRAEME SOUNESS has blasted Kevin De Bruyne’s pre-World Cup comments stating Belgium were “too old” to win the tournament following their elimination.
The Red Devils are on the next flight home after they were held to a goalless draw by Croatia earlier.
Romelu Lukaku missed a host of chances and was spotted in tears being consoled by coach Thierry Henry after the full-time whistle.
That came amid rumours of several rows and rifts in the Belgian camp throughout the World Cup in Qatar.
Discussing De Bruyne’s remarks on ITV, Souness said: “Totally unnecessary.
“You gain nothing. If that’s your thoughts, then keep them to yourself.
“That would not have spread a happy atmosphere inside the camp.
“Why he’s chosen to do that, only he can tell you.”
De Bruyne was referring to Belgium’s so-called “Golden Generation” – which included a host of stars such as Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Jan Vertonghen all being over 31.
And the playmaker, who is 31 himself, could have contributed to the reported disharmony in the dressing-room with his comments.
Following the defeat to Morocco in their second game, Hazard told reporters: “We probably also attack badly because we are too old, that must be it now, surely?”
It was Morocco who ended up topping the group while Croatia took second spot at the expense of the Belgians.
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