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Belgium can win the World Cup, says Martin

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Norwich defender Russell Martin has revealed that he believes Scotland's Group A opponents Belgium could go all the way in Brazil in the summer.

The Scots' chances of qualifying for the summer showpiece have already been dashed but the leaders of their group have all but assured themselves qualification.

The leaders arrive are preparing to visit Hampden Park for Friday's showdown.

Martin was full of praise for their opponents telling Sky Sports:

"It's their golden generation coming through. It's no coincidence. They work extremely hard on their youth set-up over there.

"It's about identity as a nation and they've got that. If you look at their team, it's a powerful team. If you are looking at a team of athletes, they are right up there.

"They are powerful but they've got match-winners in their team as well. If you are looking at the World Cup - if they qualify from this group, which I'm sure they will - they will be right up there.

"And in the Euros after that they are going to be a force. There are some great teams out there but I expect them to do very well in major tournaments soon."

Marc Wilmots' side host a wealth of well-known Premier League talent.

Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Moussa Dembele, Kevin De Bruyne, Simon Mignolet, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Nacer Chadli and Christian Benteke all currently ply their trade in the the Premier League.

But it is the latter that Martin heaped most praise on - he had this to say on the Aston Villa hitman Benteke: "There are a lot of good strikers in the Premier League but, at this minute in time, he's probably right up there with the best strikers in Europe.

"He's a world-class player and he's a physical threat as well. I've played against (Robin) Van Persie, (Luis) Suarez, people like that and, at this moment in time, he's right up there and it will be a good test, that's for sure."

Belgium are yet to lose as they bid for qualification to Brazil. However, it has been some time since they reached a major tournament, 11 years to be precise, in 2002 they reached the round of 16.

Their record in European Championships is even worse, since 1980 they have only qualified once, in 2000, where he competed only because they co-hosted the tournament with neighbours Holland.

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