Watford defender Christian Kabasele has told the Belgian media he felt for his international teammates during Euro 2016 despite being overlooked by coach Marc Wilmots. The 26-year-old joined Watford following last summers competition in France.

Speaking to Walfoot, Kabasele said the criticism some of his Belgian teammates hurt everyone, and as a group they took this personally. The Watford star denied he was happy his rival Jason Denayer came in for scrutiny after Belgium’s loss to Wales because as a teammate he felt the same anguish.

“When there’s criticism of Eden, Benteke or another player the group feels attacked or touched. Do not believe I was in my room popping champagne bottles because someone criticised Jason. No, I was affected as much as them,” said the Watford defender.

Kabasele didn’t make an appearance for Belgium during Euro 2016 despite a number of injuries in defence going into their quarter final clash with Wales. However, Kabasele still got his summer move to Watford from Genk, and has gone on to make more than ten appearances for the Premier League side this season.

The player didn’t figure for Watford last month due to an injury to his hamstring.