Okay, so football matches or tournaments have never been won on paper but there is no doubt that the current crop of Belgian players are possibly the best in their history and, as a group, can rival any other international football side in the world.

Spain are obviously the current World and European Champions and have proven their quality by capturing trophies but Belgium have an up-and-coming squad that is full with exciting, quality players. I have no doubt that they could push the Spaniards all the way.

Most of the Belgium squad play abroad, which is a shame for their domestic game but on the flip side most of these players are playing at some of the Premier League's best clubs week in and week out. It is clear that the opportunity to play in the Premier League is benefitting their national team.

Let's have a closer look at the talent they possess:

Simon Mignolet is developing into an established Premier League 'keeper. He has built on his form at Sunderland and is now Liverpool's number one in what could be a very exciting time for the Merseysiders. He has settled into the Liverpool side with so much ease that nobody is talking about him which, for a goalkeeper, is not a bad thing.

Their defence, like Manchester City's, is well-marshalled by the man mountain that is Vincent Kompany. He is aided by North London rivals Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen.

Their midfield has both flair and stability. Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembele provide the solidity with Chelsea's Eden Hazard given licence to add the flair.

Up front, Belgium have two of the in-form strikers in the Premier League at the moment - Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku - with support from the likes of Everton's Kevin Mirallas and Chelsea's Kevin Du Bruyne.

If Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj chooses to play for Belgium then he can
further strengthen their squad.

There are not many weak links in this side and they have proven this with a very solid qualifying campaign, ensuring no last game nerves by qualifying with a 2-1 victory in Croatia last week.

The key for Belgium now will be how they can gel all these talented players together making them a real force in eorld football for years to come.

Are Belgium a good bet for the 2014 World Cup? It will be no surprise to me if they reach the latter stages in Brazil. Only time will tell.

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