Christian Kabasele believes he is doing all he can to earn a recall to the Belgium national side.

A strong start to the season has seen Kabasele form a highly impressive partnership in the centre of defence with Craig Cathcart.

The pair have helped Watford to a top four spot with five games played this season and only suffer their first Premier League defeat this term against Manchester United on Saturday.

Despite his excellent form, Kabasele was left out of Belgium’s most recent squad for games with Scotland and Iceland, but he remains committed to securing a return to the international stage.

“I don’t think I can do anything else now,” Kabasele told reporters in his homeland. “It is up to me to be patient and wait for the moment when the manager feels it’s the right time to call me back up.

“I just need to be good on the pitch and the final decision is his (Belgium boss Roberto Martinez). It is a question of patience. I need to continue like this and not give up.”

Kabasele was once again on song on Saturday, despite being unable to prevent Manchester United claiming a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.

He made some important interventions and went toe to toe with compatriot and Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku.

The 27-year-old feels performing well against sides of United’s calibre can only help his international career and is a sign of his continued improvement.

He said: “Last year, you could have criticised me of not being at my best in the big games, but over the last five matches, we played Spurs and Manchester United, and I stepped up.”