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Amadou Onana’s Belgium mess shouldn’t affect Everton because the two situations should be taken “on their own merit” says Kevin Campbell.

Rumours of infighting in the Belgian squad, which were branded “fake news” by Roberto Martinez [Guardian], preceded the star-studded generation bowing out of probably their last World Cup together with a whimper on Thursday evening (1 December), after a goalless draw with Croatia meant they didn’t qualify from the group.

Everton youngster Onana missed the game through suspension and Sky Sports pundit Campbell is confident that he can brush off the turmoil in his international squad when he returns to Goodison Park.

He exclusively told Goodison News: “No, I can’t see it going over. You’ve got to take [the situations] on their own merit. 

“He’s a young player who’s done very well, he’s done great to be in that Belgium team but unfortunately it’s like the ending of an era. 

“Some of these great players just haven’t been able to do it for Belgium. 

“I can’t see it really running over. Onana’s done pretty well himself and you’ve just got to take it on their own merits.”

Given his age, 21, there is clearly not the same sense of opportunity lost for Onana as there is for the now-former boss Martinez, or many of the ageing stars, so he shouldn’t be affected too badly.

He has got more than enough on his plate from an Everton point of view, with worrying signs that another relegation battle might be on the cards this season, and rumoured interest from Juventus.

A pair of appearances at the World Cup, even in an unsuccessful campaign, is still good experience for him and a solid start to life on Merseyside has shown encouraging signs that he is mature enough to handle the negative side of things.