Then there’s the man keeping the ball out at the other end. La Liga winning goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on-loan from Chelsea, played a crucial part in Atletico Madrid’s title winning side and once again won the award for best goalie in Spain.
He is arguably the hottest prospect when it comes to goalkeepers, and was very nearly a Champions League winner too with Atletico losing to Champions Real in the final.
With Christian Benteke missing out through injury, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will lead the front line and he has once again shown what he can do by destroying Premier League defences at times this season during his spell with Everton.
And let’s not forget their captain fantastic, Manchester City defender Vincent Kompnay. Not only is he a powerful player, but also is excellent with the ball at his feet thanks to when he used to play in central midfield.
His aerial ability is proved by his 73% headed duel success in the Premier League, and he will be on a high following City’s dramatic title success last season.
And that’s just a selection of the talented squad at the disposal of manager Marc Wilmots. Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Steven Defour, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Adnan Januzaj, Dries Mertens and Kevin Mirallas have all travelled as Belgium look to prove themselves on the biggest stage.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think they’ll win the tournament this year and their lack of natural full-backs is an issue. But I do think that Belgium will surprise many, and could taste success come Euro 2016 with a bit more tournament experience.
Full Belgium World Cup Squad:
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, on loan from Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Sammy Bossut (Zulte Waregem).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Atlético Madrid), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembélé (Tottenham), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Zenit).
Forwards: Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Lille).