Thibaut Courtois says split rumors within Belgium’s World Cup squad are ‘made up stories’.
Belgium suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat against Morocco Sunday and are third in Group F with one game to play.
The world’s second-ranked side need to beat Croatia to ensure they reach the knockout stages, but Courtois says there are no problems in the squad.
“A lot has been said but we want to give everything we can on the pitch on Thursday,” Courtois said.
“The purpose of made-up stories is to create a bad atmosphere within the team. We have to put aside the negativity and just focus on the positive to prepare for the game.”
Belgium, who scored 14 goals in six games on their way to the World Cup semi-finals four years ago, scored just one in their first two games here, in the win over opener against Canada.
Coach Roberto Martinez spoke about the tension in the team, and the players held an on-air meeting on Monday after the game against Morocco.
Courtois added: “There were lies that came out of the dressing room. Things that don’t even exist.
“The main problem is seeing things on social media or in the newspapers. I didn’t feel like there were any problems.
“It’s good to have had this moment to sort things out. The best thing to do is to be honest together.”