Can Belgium's 'golden generation' achieve what England failed to do ?

With the World Cup drawing ever closer, the usual nations are expected to compete for Spain’s crown; Germany, hosts Brazil, the Netherlands and Argentina are all in the mix.

There's one country, however, that could very well cause some upsets and shock the world next summer - Belgium.

They have one of the most youthful and talented squads in Europe and look ready to make their mark on International football, after a 12-year absence from a major tournament.

The likes of Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Captain Vincent Kompany make this squad dangerous to play against. Not many international teams have a more powerful front line than Belgium, as Benteke and Lukaku can bully any defenders that are put in front of them.

The question is can they go all the way next summer ? Well, it may be too soon for them to become World Champions in 2014, but the European Championships in 2016 should be a tournament they can target for victory.

With much talk about the German and Brazilian teams, there hasn’t been a huge spotlight on the Belgians until recently, when they asserted their dominance in their World Cup qualifying group - they currently sit unbeaten, five points clear at the top of the group with 7 wins from 8 games.

Belgium have all these talented players coming through at the right time. If they can keep this group together, then there's no reason that they can’t win a major international tournament in the next few years.

The recent comments by new FA Chairman Greg Dyke, stating that he wants England to be winning the 2022 World Cup, have left many bewildered - especially after England's own 'golden generation', which came of age a few years back, promised much but achieved nothing.

It's too early to tell what this talented Belgian squad can achieve, but the smart money believes that there's more chance of the Belgians emulating the Spanish than the English.

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