Belgium World Cup squad guide: Full fixtures, group, ones to watch, odds and more
Roberto Martinez has a huge responsibility this summer, leading Belgiumâs âgolden generationâ into a World Cup that many believe they have all the tools to win.
Disappointing showings under Marc Wilmots in Brazil four years ago and at Euro 2016 have ramped up the pressure on this yearâs star-studded squad, while Martinez has also made a bold call by leaving Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan out of his 23-man selection. If Belgium fail again, there will be no shortage of blame to go around.
The good news is that Belgiumâs top talent has never been better. Kevin De Bruyne has blossomed into arguably the worldâs best playmaker at Manchester City, while captain Eden Hazard was at his devastating best for Chelsea in last monthâs FA Cup final. Between them, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Napoli false nine Dries Mertens should provide plenty of firepower.
Doubts remain over the fitness of Vincent Kompany and Michy Batshuayi, and Martinez still has questions to answer about his ability as a defensive coach. Experience and mentality, however, are likely to be Belgiumâs biggest obstacles to glory in Russia.