2014 World Cup: Predicting Belgium’s Starting XI

Belgium Starting XI For World Cup

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Belgium will field a phenomenal starting XI for the World Cup. They will prove that they have what it takes to successfully play at this stage. Here is the squad's predicted starting XI.

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

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Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

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Thibaut Courtois was voted the best goalkeeper in La Liga this season after he allowed in the least amount of goals. After he starts for his club in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid, he will be starting for his country as experience is in abundance for the 21-year-old.

Right Back: Toby Alderweireld

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Right Back: Toby Alderweireld

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Toby Alderweireld played some important games for Atletico Madrid this season, proving that he is versatile enough to play at right back or center back, two positions that his nation will need throughout the tournament. He will most likely start at right back as that is his specialty.

Center Back: Vincent Kompany

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Center Back: Vincent Kompany

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Vincent Kompany just captained Manchester City to their second Premier League title in three seasons, and now he will captain his nation in his first ever World Cup tournament. He will be a stalwart in the defense and will even push up on set-piece plays to look and score. He is their best in this position as he has the most experience.

Center Back: Thomas Vermaelen

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Center Back: Thomas Vermaelen

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Thomas Vermaelen has represented his country several times and brings experience from the Premier League with Arsenal. Finally, he gets his chance to start for his country in the tournament that matters the most this summer. He will line up right next to Vincent Kompany to keep opponents at bay. He will be part of one of the very best defensive duos in the entire of the World Cup.

Left Back: Jan Vertonghen

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Left Back: Jan Vertonghen

Left Back Jan Vertonghen Belgium starting XI World Cup
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Belgium will rely on Jan Vertonghen to start at left back as they do not have many other options to rely on. He can play here or at center back, but he will be relied on down the flank. He is strong, tall and understands the offensive and defensive aspects of the position. He will be vital throughout their presence in the tournament.

Right Central Midfield: Moussa Dembele

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Right Central Midfield: Moussa Dembele

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Moussa Dembele is a regular starter for Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League and for good reason; he is fast, strong, crafty and can score important goals when he is counted upon. For his country, he will be even better in his first ever World Cup Finals.

Central Midfield: Steven Defour

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Central Midfield: Steven Defour

Central Midfield: Steven Defour World Cup starting XI Beligum
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The Porto FC central midfielder is strong when defending and smart when attacking. He scores goals, assists teammates and holds up possession to free up space for others. Steven Defour has scored for his country in recent months and is expected to start in this position.

Left Central Midfield: Axel Witsel

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Left Central Midfield: Axel Witsel

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Axel Witsel has started for Zenit Saint Petersburg throughout his time there and has done the same for his country. This summer, he will feature a lot for Belgium in the midfield and will rely on his skills on and off the ball as he will be running back and forth a lot. He will even score a goal or two if the midfield pushes up enough to aid the attack.

Right Wing: Kevin Mirallas

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Right Wing: Kevin Mirallas

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Mirallas has started and scored a plenty for Everton this season in the Premier League as he was one of their mainstays in the starting XI. This was a tough choice as he and Dries Mertens, both of whom earned a spot on the roster, but the former brings more experience.

Striker: Romelu Lukaku

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Striker: Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku will be given the starting nod since Christian Benteke has been ruled out with an unfortunate knee injury. The youngster has started and scored for Everton this past season and will be heavily relied on to do the same for his country. Judging by his Premier League performance, he is more than ready for this adventure.

Left Wing: Eden Hazard

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Left Wing: Eden Hazard

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Arguably Belgium's most dangerous and influential offensive weapon, Even Hazard will start down the left hand side to orchestrate the attacks. He was one of Chelsea's most important players this season and will be of the same importance for his nation. He has to be good in order for them to peak in the final third.

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