Pascal Struijk has not missed a league tie for Leeds United since he came off the bench in his side’s 6-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in December.

The defender’s performances for the Whites have caught the attention of Belgium manager, Roberto Martínez.

Having represented the Netherlands at youth level, the 21-year-old can go on to play for De Rode Duivels since he was born near Antwerp.

At the start of last month, reports indicated the centre-back is ‘eligible for a Belgium passport’.

Struijk’s agent Tim Vrouwe confirmed his client is considering the “possibility of applying for a Belgium passport”. The former Everton boss then revealed he is following Marcelo Bielsa’s man and has held talks with the player.

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Belgium are scheduled to face Wales, Czech Republic and Belarus in World Cup qualifiers later this month.

There was the possibility of Martínez including Struijk in his squad for March’s fixtures, which has now been dismissed.

“In the meantime, it seems that Struijk’s heart has tilted towards the Netherlands. You have to have respect that, even if his profile is interesting,” Martínez told La Dernière Heure.

“I don’t want to create a war between federations. He will therefore not be in my selection [for March]. However, this does not mean that the Struijk case is closed.”