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Hazard, Fellaini, Kompany - Just how good are Belgium?

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Over previous years the Belgium national football team hasn't been known for its success and has been recognised as a "minor footballing nation" but in recent times the squad has begun to grow.

Managed by Marc Wilmots, this team are top of their qualifying section only dropping two points in the process. With qualifying for their first World Cup in 12 years just a few wins away, I am going to have a look at why this squad has such a promising future.

Belgium National Team XI: 3-5-2

GK: Thibaut Courtois (Athletico Madrid - on loan from Chelsea) - Now on his third season on loan with Atletico Madrid, this youngster has a lot of potential but still has a lot to prove with a tough battle with Simon Mignolet to keep his Belgian place.

CB: Jan Vertongen (Tottenham Hotspur) - After a very successful debut season in the Premier League for Spurs, Vertongen has cemented his place in the Belgian line-up after putting in consistent performances for club and country.

CB: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) - One of the Premier League's top defenders, this man is a rock at the back and not much gets past him.

CB: Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich) - He may not be the quickest of players but he is a very strong and powerful defender who plays for arguably the best team in the world.

CDM: Marouane Fellaini (Everton) - Last season Fellaini shone for the Merseyside club and in the process became a Manchester United target. He could be key for Belgium if they qualify for the World Cup so it is important he keeps his form going in the Premier League.

CDM: Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg) - Witsel signed for big spenders Zenit for £32.5 million last September and his price tag reflects the player he is. He has an excellent passing ability making him a fantastic all round player.

RM: Kevin Mirallas (Everton) - This Belgian made his mark on the Premier League last year, ending the season in great form. A pacy player, he has a lot of ability but faces stiff competition from the likes of Nacer Chadli.

LM: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - This boy has got skills, pace and a shed load of ability with a very bright future ahead of him. Now one of Chelsea's key players he must have a good season for them if he wants to guarantee himself a place in the starting line up.

CAM: Kevin De Bruyne (Chelsea) - Kevin spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen where he impressed scoring ten times in 32 appearances. Now part of the Chelsea set up things are looking good for this youngster.

ST: Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) - When he signed from Genk for just £7 million, not much was expected from the Belgian powerhouse. However, he scored 22 goals in 37 appearances for Villa and has continued to impress this season.

ST: Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) - After a successful season on loan at West Bromich Albion last year he has returned to Chelsea to prove what he is worth. One of Europe's hottest prospects, can he deliver when it matters most?

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Belgium Football
Marouane Fellaini
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Romelu Lukaku
Vincent Kompany
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