Belgium have qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after winning eight of their qualifiers, but do they have the quality to win it?

Let's look at the depth of the Belgian team and why they could have a world-beating squad.

Firstly, Belgium have two top-quality goalkeepers in Courtois and Mignolet. They're both renowned shot-stoppers, having both played at high levels in club football. It's difficult to choose between them, as they're both so talented, and very rarely let in any goals - Belgium have kept six clean sheets from nine games played in the qualifiers.

The defending options are also extensive. At centre-back, the likes of Kompany, Vertonghen and Vermaelen are options, each of which being a dominant force for their Premier League club defences. Kompany is arguably one of the world's finest defenders, with both Vertonghen and Vermaelen ranking very highly too - they're strong, great in the air and very powerful, giving Belgium a fearsome choice of centre-halves to choose from.

Alderweireld, van Buyten and Lombaerts are also very impressive defenders who could give any of Belgium's other options a battle to get into the starting 11.

Full-back is probably Belgium's weakest position - but that doesn't mean it's weak. Alderwiereld can also play in this position, as can Vertonghen, but the likes of Gillet and Pocognoli are no pushovers, and can provide strong support for the attack as well as being dominant in defence.

Now we get to the hub of the Belgian national team, and the biggest selection headache for the manager: midfield and attack. In centre midfield there are a number of options, and with names like Fellaini, Dembélé, De Bruyne, Witsel, Naingollan and Defour to choose from, it's no secret that Belgium have remarkable talent in this area. These players are proven top-class midfielders, each in their respective leagues, who are game-changers. Their strength and passing makes them a top choice for any starting team.

On the wings, Hazard is the stand-out player. However, Chadli, Mertens and Mirallas are all very talented players. Lamah and Lestienne also posses a considerable amount of ability. They're all full of pace and skill, and there's no doubting the talent they possess. They are all fully capable of a long range goal, a blistering run or a dazzling piece of skill, which is vital for any wide player - Belgium certainly don't lack pace.

Finally, up front, Benteke and Lukaku. They are names that send shivers down the back of defences, not least in the Premier League, where they've been tearing defences apart for their respective teams. Full of power and pace, they're a force to be reckoned with, and are able to create a chance out of nothing. On their own, they're a threat. But with both in one team... now you're talking serious firepower. They're proven goalscorers who, with the support behind them and out wide, have no trouble finding the net for their country.

Belgium also have other less well-known players at their disposal, such as;Vossen, Martens, Mboyo, Thorgan Hazard, Odjidja-Ofoe, De Camargo, Bakkali, Daems, Buffel, Van Damme, De Sutter and Mpoku. Keep your eyes out because any of these could potentially feature for their country sometime soon.

So there you have it. Belgium have strength in depth, and are not short of game-changing stars. Whether they have what it takes to challenge the likes of Brazil and Spain remains to be seen, but they're definitely not a team you'd want to write off - they're the dark horses to look out for.

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