Belgium are sitting in 19th place in Fifa’s World rankings, just one behind Brazil, and have enjoyed a perfect run in their World Cup qualifying group.
They feature a number of players from the Premier League, so here is a look at some of the stars that could set the World Cup alight next year.
Although yet to actually play in the Premier League Courtois is a Chelsea player, however he's currently on loan to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
In 2012 the goalkeeper lined up against his parent side for a Super Cup tie and in shock to the majority, Madrid brushed Chelsea away with a 4-1 victory.
At the age of 20, Courtois is keeping out Simon Mignolet as Belgium’s number 1, however it's no surprise. Courtois is one of the top keepers in the game, and is a target for almost every big side. Not lacking in confidence Courtois is flexible, agile and provides a more electric set of skills than the games maturing keepers.
Protected by one of the most mouth-watering defences in International football Courtios is the modern day Lev Yashin - he possesses the quality to go one further and lift the World Cup.
Manchester City’s captain, Vincent Kompany, is also the kingpin in this highly acclaimed side, leading a defence boasting of Jan Vertonghen and Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen.
This powerful defence symbolises the engine behind Belgium’s ruthless attack, with Premier League winner Kompany but an example of Belgium’s aerial threat and clinical dispossessing.
As previously stated, Vertonghen features regularly within this Belgium side having over 40 caps to his name, and one World Cup qualifying goal already.
Vertonghen has adapted to a suitable left-back position with Vermaelen proving necessary in the middle and having shown it at Tottenham, Vertonghen is a dangerous attacker demonstrating power and awareness.
Amid his attacking quality, Vertonghen is fast becoming one of Europe’s most sought after defenders; at 25, the 6ft 2 defender has the world at his feet.
Whenever Fellaini is mentioned there are three things that sprout to mind the first and most irrelevant being the afro. Aside from Fellaini’s individuality off the field, Fellaini signifies firepower and irresistible class, being renowned for crunching, yet occasionally overzealous tackles and goals galore.
Operating firmly within Belgium’s fast paced midfield, Fellaini’s role is to break up play, even before it reaches Belgium’s solid defence and take the ball up the field.
Fellaini is merciless on the field, maintaining an eye for goals using his tall immovable frame, thus it is for this reason that there are not many better in the current game. Belgium’s midfield powerhouse in yet another reason why the Red Devils are a force to be reckon with.
At 25 Tottenham’s star is one of Belgium’s more experienced players, having represented the Red Devils in the 2008 Olympics. Aside from Belgium’s tough shell, Dembele is the first of many players to ooze class when starting a quick paced attack.
Technically sublime, Dembele is the vision of Belgium’s side, able to pick out players and yet, possessing a mean eye for goals and a lethal shot far beyond the box.
Although slightly underrated within Belgium’s big names, Dembele is a tireless player whose understanding of the game contributes to the performances of those around him indefinitely.
In 2010 Spain won the World Cup through an Andres Iniesta goal against a Dutch side buoyed by Wesley Sneijder. In 2006 Italy won the World Cup with a team based around the master class of both Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti.
In 2002 Brazil set the world on fire as onlookers were dazzled by Ronaldinho’s sublime ability, thus it is necessary for Belgium to have such a talisman if they wish to reach these feats. Not many are more highly renowned than Chelsea’s latest big name signing, Eden Hazard.
The rapid, technical winger has contributed two Word Cup qualifying goals, whilst demonstrating a number of stand-out performances for his side. Hazard stands for speed within a counter attack, especially when accompanied by Kevin De Brunye, Axel Witsel and Dries Martens, but also close control and revolutionary thinking making him a handful for any defender.
Respectful to his name, Hazard is simply that - his first season at the Blues has been, on the whole, very successful, and come 2014 this younger winger will be ready to lead his side to victory.
Where many 19-year-olds may feel honoured to sit on the bench waiting for a chance to replace Christian Benteke or Kevin Mirallas, Chelsea striker Lukaku has other ideas. Mirroring Fellaini and Kompany’s built exterior, Lukaku radiates speed and power which has led to a number of comparisons to Didier Drogba.
Having encapsulated the Premier League with no fewer than 13 goals in his full debut season one more year of experience should see Lukaku fighting for the World Cup’s top scorer prize, providing his side live up to expectations and defy the pressure of their new found status. One to watch out for in 2014, Lukaku is the striker capable of dictating the international game.
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