Belgium success 'all talent'

Belgium's rise to challenge the best nations in world football is all down to talent, according to Belgian FA official Stefan Van Loock.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 13:00 Post Comment

Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Benteke in action during Belgium's qualifier a

Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Benteke in action during Belgium's qualifier a

Belgium boast an outstanding crop of players who are also dominating the Premier League landscape, a number of whom are keeping English footballers out of their respective club sides.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke delivered a keynote speech on Wednesday in which he outlined his fears for the England side unless more home grown players are given a chance in the Premier League.

And Dyke also laid bare his targets for the England team - setting the twin aims of a semi-final appearance at the 2020 European Championship and victory in the Qatar World Cup two years later.

The Belgian FA are certainly doing something right and Van Loock says it's nothing more than talent that make them one of the nations to beat next summer in Rio.

"Everything starts with talent and now we are gifted with a very talented group," van Loock told Sky Sports News.

"Talented players who went abroad from a very young age, they started at Anderlecht or from a young age they went to PSV Eindhoven, to France to England.

"They got a very good formation and then here in the national team our trainers - we have required well known trainers - they gave them that extra to perform well in the national teams.

"It starts with the talent. On that point you could say we're lucky."

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