Belgium are the up and coming force of European football, and might soon be capable of challenging for the biggest prizes on the international stage. 

The forgotten nation may be more renowned for producing chocolates and waffles; however, the current crop of players have certainly got tongues wagging. 

The prodigious group have not been moulded overnight, but this Belgian team has been gradually improving, and with majestic performers emerging thick and fast, eventually a team of astounding quality has been created. 

This Belgian squad possesses a perfect blend of youth and experience.

The experience is embodied by Bayern Munich's veteran defender Daniel Van Buyten, and in his central defensive partner Vincent Kompany a leader of real substance has been developed and I have no doubt that he will guide them to glory. 

The blooming youngsters are what really affirm the excitement surrounding this Belgian team: the likes of Eden Hazard (22) and Romelu Lukaku (18) have excelled in the Premier League this term.

Heading the prospects in between the sticks is the Chelsea-owned goalkeeper Thiabaut Courtois, who has flourished in his loan spell at Atletico Madrid. 

The Chelsea hierarchy clearly believe they have found a long-term replacement for the ageing Petr Cech. Not far behind is the ever-impressive Simon Mignolet of Sunderland who has been ever-present for the Black Cats this season.

Alongside Kompany and Van Buyten in the back-four is the Tottenham left-back Jan Vertonghen, who can play in any of the defensive positions. And at right-back is Ajax prodigy Toby Alderweireld, who is also an all-round defender.

I believe this creates a highly-satisfactory back-four which oozes confidence in possession of the ball and are workman like without it.

In picking two central midfielders, manager Marc Wilmots is facing a huge dilemma. The candidates include former Standard Liege man Marouane Fellaini, who has bamboozled Premier League defences with his precision chest control and uncultured style of play. He is a unique player who can run a game with his treasured chest, which seems to caress the ball, guiding and persuading it with a craftsman's precision.

Battling for the other position is the harmonious, nonchalant duo of Moussa Dembele and Axel Witsel.

In my opinion, the justification of the brilliant Belgians is based upon their wide-range of attacking talent, the depth of which, really leaves you licking your lips. 

Heading the list is the staggering talent of Hazard. The dazzling Belgian has left many Premier League defenders trailing in his wake. He boasts an unbeatable blend of spectacular speed and deceptive power. I firmly believe he will become a great of the game, and for the first time in his career he has a national manager who understands his game and knows where he is best suited to play.

The competition for the position of centre forward is spearheaded by Lukaku, likened to Didier Drogba, and the gifted Christian Benteke who is almost single-handedly keeping Aston villa out of danger.

The real target for the 'Golden Generation' is the 2018 World Cup. All going well, they could have the ability and experience to become champions of the world.

 

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