In the midst of the troubles that have hit football's world leading organisation in the past few days, FIFA issued their international rankings earlier on today.
Perhaps the biggest shock on the list was Belgium, who have seem themselves skate past the likes of Brazil, Spain, France, Italy and England among others in recent years and now taking over Argentina since the last rankings were issued to claim spot number two, behind Germany.
There is no doubt that there is an abundance of talent in the Belgian squad, with the likes of PFA and FWA player of the year, Eden Hazard and other Premier League stars such as Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas.
There have also been some improvements in performances from some of the Belgian players throughout the 2014/15 season. Marouane Fellaini has played a key role in van Gaal's Manchester United side this season and has looked like a different player in comparison to his debut season under David Moyes.
Kevin De Bruyne is another Belgian who has seen his fortunes change in recent times, largely due to the increase in game time he is getting at Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg. Since leaving Chelsea in 2014, after occupying the bench at Stamford Bridge, when not out on loan to Genk and Werder Bremem, De Bruyne has become Wolfsburg's talisman in the number ten role, with the 23-year-old contributing ten goals and 20 assists in his 34 Bundesliga appearances.
To challenge Belgium's well established centre-half pairing of captain Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Lombaerts is Toby Alderweireld who spent the last season on loan at Southampton from Atlético Madrid.
Alderweireld has been the subject of praise among journalists and pundits alike for his exceptional performances and defensive record at the centre-half position. Under Marc Wilmots, Alderweireld has been utilised at right-back predominantly, but perhaps his Premier League performances in the middle of the back four have warranted an opportunity to take up his favoured position for the national side.
With the likes of 21-year-old Marseille player Michy Batshuayi, who scored on his international debut and 20-year-old Manchester United maverick Adnan Januzaj coming through the ranks, in what is already a relatively young squad, the future looks bright for the Red Devils.
With the strength in depth that the Belgian squad now possess in terms of established footballers along with the youth coming through into the first team squad, Belgium could be a dominant force on the international scene for a long time to come.
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