Route to Russia:
As the first European team to qualify, Belgium made light work of making it to Russia. They won 9 of their 10 qualification games and didn’t lose any either. However, as previous teams have shown, a strong qualification doesn’t always mean a strong tournament.
How far can they get:
Belgium have been average in their past two international tournaments, reaching the quarter-finals in both. This current ‘Golden Generation’ of players is beginning to age and this may be their last chance in the nearby future to excel at a World Cup. Improving on the quarter-finals should be the aim for this team.
Roberto Martínez. This was an odd appointment by Belgium. On the back of a disappointing stint at Everton, Martinez found himself in charge of The Red Devils. His win percentage is the most it has ever been at 70% though and Belgium will be hoping for more of the same.
One to watch:
Kevin De Bruyne. Had Salah not had such an amazing season then De Bruyne would have easily won the PFA Player of the Year award. He has been scintillating at City this year and Belgium will be reliant upon him to create plenty of chances if they want to go far.