It may have been two current Chelsea players who scored Belgium’s goals in their 2-0 victory against Sweden on Sunday evening, but it was an ex-Blue who stole the show.
Kevin De Bruyne could have had at least two goals of his own as he twice struck the post, while he also played a lovely one-two with Eden Hazard for the latter to double the lead given to them by Romelu Lukaku.
It was yet more proof as to why Belgium coach Marc Wilmots regards De Bruyne as a vital member of his starting XI, and another suggestion that Jose Mourinho made a huge mistake by selling him back in January.
De Bruyne actually began the season in Chelsea’s starting line-up. But it was soon clear Mourinho did not have a regular place for him and he would later move to Wolfsburg for a reported fee of £17million.
The 22-year-old went on to shine in the Bundesliga, scoring three goals and setting up a further eight. And many are tipping him to have a World Cup to remember in a side that is some people’s dark horse for the tournament.
De Bruyne has gone on record to say he “lost his joy” playing for Chelsea. But with each new performance you wonder if Mourinho should have given him a starring role. After all, it looks like he is destined for one anyway.