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Scotland defender backs Belgium to shine at World Cup

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Scotland defender Russell Martin expects Friday's World Cup qualifying opponents Belgium to do well at the World Cup in 2014. 

Martin, who will be playing in only his seventh international on Friday, is looking to become a regular for his country and has impressed since joining Norwich in 2009. 

The Canaries captain knows about the quality of opponent his Scotland side will be up against in their Group A clash on Friday and the Brighton-born man is tipping the Belgians to have a successful World Cup campaign. 

"It's their golden generation coming through, a powerful team with match-winners as well. I'm sure they will qualify and be right up there in the finals," said Martin. 

Group A is currently led by Marc Wilmots' side who sit three points ahead of Croatia . Scotland are languishing in fifth place - a point behind Wales, who have played a game less. 

Martin, who has already faced many of the Belgian players in the Premier League, believes Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is a huge talent. 

" (He's) one of the best striker's in Europe, a world-class player and a physical threat. He's right up there with people like Van Persie and Suarez," he added. 

Scotland desperately need the three points to have any hope of qualifying for next year's tournament but it seems that, with such a big gap in points between the Croatians in second and the rest of the group, it could well be all over in the race for Rio. 

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