Leicester City defender Wout Faes has admitted that it is an “advantage” for him that Belgium have brought in Domenico Tedesco, as it gives him his chance to stake a claim in the squad.
The Foxes centre-back has been speaking to Het Nieuwsblad ahead of the international break, when Belgium take on Sweden and Germany in UEFA Euro qualifiers.
Faes is again a part of the squad, which is Tedesco’s first since taking charge of the nation following Roberto Martinez’s departure after the World Cup in Qatar.
Faes is the first name on the list to do so, having recovered from a rocky start at Leicester this season to establish himself as a key player in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
He is aware that the chance is there for him and admits it is an advantage that there is a new manager on the sidelines.
“For me it is an advantage that there is a new coach, we are not going around the pot,” he said.
“The departure of Alderweireld frees up a place. I feel ready to get a chance. Then I have to show on the pitch that I am worthy of it.
“Under Martinez I would have liked to have played more, that was frustrating, but I never made problems. It was even instructive.”