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Belgium XI: World Cup dark horses

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The Belgium national team has a great amount of talent at a young age coming through and could potentially be the 2014 Brazil World Cup dark horses with the XI below. 

GK: Thibaut Courtois 

Courtois who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea has been hotly tipped to become one of the world’s top keepers by the time the 2014 World Cup rolls around. 

He has already bagged himself the best La Liga goalkeeper award for the 2012/13 season, this is an award he beat current best keeper in the world, Iker Casillas too. 

RB: Toby Alderweireld

The right-footed 24 year old centre back is a versatile player who can equally play to a high standard in the right-back position. 

This summer he had been a transfer target for Liverpool after Bayer Leverkusen pulled out and he snubbed a move to Norwich City. 

It is also reported that he snubbed three big money moves to Russian clubs. 

CB: Vincent Kompany

Manchester City's and Belgium's captain is a solid defender, great strength, great aerial ability both attacking and defensively and great reading of the game. 

He has become arguably the best current centre-back in the Premier League and one of the best worldwide. 

Kompany's fitness will be vital to Belgium mounting a good challenge on the World Cup.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen appeared 48 times for Tottenham last season scoring seven goals, he best became recognise for his ability to bring the ball out of defence by dribbling around players. 

Despite this he is still a solid defender and has made Tottenham look more solid at the back. 

Vertonghan has 49 caps to his name for the national team and has shown in the Premier League he deserves them. 

LB: Thomas Vermaelen

Arsenal's captain is another centre-back cum full-back. 

He became a fan favourite at Arsenal with his ability to strike the ball with some power from outside the box to score some remarkable goals as a centre back. 

As well as this he is a great defender in his own right and a worthy player of any team.

CDM: Marouane Fellaini 

Fellaini has been one of Everton's top players for the last few years and has great height giving him the edge over defenders at corners and freekicks, this amassed him a decent goal tally last season. 

Rightly so he has attracted attention from Manchester United and Arsenal. He is also a great defensive worker. 

CDM: Axel Witsel

In his one season at Benfica, Witsel impressed in the Champions League, meaning he become linked with some of Europe’s best. 

In the end he opted for a move to Zenit St. Petersburg were he has made 22 appearances scoring four goals. 

Internationally he has made 39 appearances and scored five goals. His height and strength make him a powerhouse in midfield. 

RAM: Kevin De Bruyne

The first attacking midfielder in the line-up, De Bruyne, was on loan to Werder Bremem last season scoring 10 goals in 32 appearances. 

Since he has returned to Chelsea under Jose Mourihno and impressed by scoring a stunning goal against the Malaysia XI in a pre-season match, showing a glimpse of what he is capable of to the Blues boss. 

He only has 12 appearances and three goals internationally but he will be looking to impress this season if he stays in the English capital. 

CAM: Mousa Dembele

Dembele is a fantastic dribbler of the ball and has shown so numerous times in the Premier League since arriving from AZ Alkmaar. 

He drives at defences from deep forcing defenders back into awkward positions.

He has only netted a single goal for Tottenham since moving across the capital from Fulham but still remains to be one of Spurs' key players. He has five international goals for Belgium. 

LAM: Eden Hazard 

Before his £32million move to Chelsea, Hazard had picked up the award for Ligue 1 Player of the Year at Lille, of whom he scored 36 goals for in his time there. 

He won three consecutive man of the match awards in Chelsea's first three games last season and scored nine goals in the Premier League and assisted in 11. 

He can take players on with ease and despite his small size he has great strength - arguably Belgium's star player. 

ST: Romelu Lukaku 

Lukaku arrived at Chelsea from Anderlecht for a fee rising to £20million at the age of 18 after being dubbed the 'new Drogba'. 

He spent last season out on loan at West Brom netting 17 times, an impressive record for a teenager. 

It's clear why big thing are expected from this young lad. He's very tall being over 6ft and has impressive strength and heading ability but at the same time can control the ball on the ground very well at the same time.

The coming season it appears he will lead Chelsea's frontline and this can only help his chances of beating the likes of Benteke into the striking position for Belgium. 

 

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