Belgian national team coach Marc Wilmots has confirmed that there are five players who would always get into his starting XI if they were fit. Those players include Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid.
The Daily Mail has picked up on interview Wilmots gave to Het Laatste Nieuws, in which he revealed Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany, Wolfsburg’s Kevin de Bruyne and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel would be the other certain starters.
Belgium are regarded by many as the dark horses for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Jan Vertonghen and now Adnan Januzaj also among the players at Wilmots' disposal.
In short, they have a huge array of talent and they will not be underestimated in a group that sees them face Algeria, Russia and South Korea.
They will be quietly confident of qualifying from that group and from there, they will cause many sides a problem in the knock-out rounds.
With questions remaining over Courtois’s future, it will be interesting to see if he continues to play alongside Hazard once this summer’s festival in Brazil comes to an end.