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World Cup: Potential Belgium squad

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Belgium last qualified for the World Cup in 2002, where they got to the last 16, but missed the past two tournaments in 2006 and 2010.

However, this year's squad has got fans excited, with suggestions the Red Devils could be the dark-horses in Brazil this summer.

Marc Wilmots will be determined to have a successful World Cup and look to lead the latest Belgian "Golden Generation".

With a group of Algeria, Russia and South Korea, they will be looking to qualify and potentially top the group too. Time will tell of course, but with a good number of well-known players, they will be looking to perform on the biggest stage.

The Probable Squad of 23:

Goalkeepers - Thibaut Courtois (Likely No.1), Simon Mignolet and Koen Casteels

Defenders - Toby Alderweireld, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany (Captain), Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Sebastien Pocognoli, Anthony Vanden Borre, Nicolas Lombaerts and Laurent Ciman

Midfielders - Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas, Radja Nainggolan, Dries Mertens, Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Steven Defour

Forwards - Romelu Lukaku

Key Player - Eden Hazard, has grown into one of the best young players in the World, from his time at Lille and now Chelsea, with his ability, pace and goalscoring record he will be vital to Belgium's success.

Wilmots will look to Hazard to be the architect and if he performs who knows how far Belgium could go.

Player To Watch - Dries Mertens, was an impressive talent while at PSV and has shown at Napoli this season to be an impressive talent in a better team.

His pace and ability to score crucial goals has proven vital this season and for Belgium this may be necessary on Belgium's success, with a growing reputation, the World Cup could increase the interest in him further.

The Manager - Marc Wilmots took charge in May 2012, from there he has developed an impressive record and team, with them unbeaten in two years in competitive games.

And, with a number of well-known talents who play key roles in their respective teams, leading into this World Cup, that they are dark-horses.

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