With so much talent at his disposal, the Rode Duivels
boss says that the Chelsea star must fight for his
place alongside all other 23 players ahead of their
World Cup opener
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots claims that even star forward
Eden Hazard is not assured of a place in his World Cup team.
The Belgians arrive in Brazil tipped as dark horses for the
tournament with what is being heralded as a 'golden
generation' that includes Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Vincent
Kompany and Adnan Januzaj, among others.
And Wilmots says that he has so much quality at his disposal
that even the Chelsea star has work to do in order to
cement a starting berth.
"Nobody is guaranteed to start the game [against Algeria],
even Hazard," Wilmots told Sportwereld.
"Each player is perfectly replaceable."
However, when asked whether he had already settled on his
starting line-up for their World Cup opener, the coach
replied: "Of course - but I do not want you to know the
"I've also been through, as an analyst, the guesswork for the
team. Now it's up to you to guess.
"This is a World Cup. I want to play hide and seek."
Wilmots's men kick off their campaign against Africa's top-
ranked side, Algeria, before coming up against Russia and
South Korea in Group H.