By Tom Blackburn

Jermaine Jenas says he is shocked that Mousa Dembele played no part in Belgium’s 2-0 loss against Italy last night, and that he expects the midfielder to play in their next match.

The former Tottenham midfielder took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to voice his opinion that Dembele needs to play in the team’s next match.

Belgium suffered the shock defeat to Italy after a disjointed display in which they failed to create clear chances, but have they opportunity to make amends against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

Jenas was commentating on the game for BBC 5live, and witnessed a surprisingly lacklustre performance from the Belgians.

The former England and Spurs played 21 times for his country, scoring once, but never got off the bench at the major tournaments he was selected for.

On Tuesday night, Dembele, who has 65 Belgium caps, was overlooked by manager Marc Wilmots in favour of Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel and Radja Nainggolan in central midfield.

Central midfielder Dembele played a key role for the majority of Spurs Premier League campaign, and formed a superb partnership with English midfielder Eric Dier.

He played 29 league games and was credited with his ability to keep hold of possession – something Belgium severely lacked last night.

Dembele was suspended for the end of the Premier League campaign, and it was during that period that the north Londoners’ form nosedived.

In other Tottenham news, West Ham have beaten the north Londoners in the race for a La Liga star.