Belo Horizonte: Belgium are the dark horses for World Cup glory, a country that is blessed with strength in depth and will pose a threat to all.
So deep is the talent in Belgium’s 23-man party that it has prompted Roberto Martinez, Everton’s studious manager, to go as far as saying they have the best all-round squad of the 32 nations that have travelled to Brazil this summer.
But Kevin Mirallas insists Belgium’s best days will be in front of them, regardless of what happens over the next month.
If conquering the world proves beyond Marc Wilmots’ progressive squad, dominating the continent is firmly on the agenda. The European Championships, which will be staged in France two years from now, and Mirallas has warned that is when Belgium will be at their peak.
“Everyone is thinking that we are going to have an absolutely magical experience in Brazil and for us as players it is going to be special but we remain very focused on our goal,” said Mirallas, who will provide stealth from the flank when Belgium begin their campaign against Algeria here.
“The one thing we can definitely say is that we will be stronger for Euro 2016. We will be better for this experience of the World Cup. But there is a huge amount of expectation on us for Brazil… There’s pressure… I cannot deny that.
“We lost two recent friendlies at home after we had qualified for the World Cup and received loads of criticism afterwards. That doesn’t sit well with you. We will be better for the World Cup experience though and we’ll be stronger again.” (Agencies)