Vermaelen: Colombia worthy of top-four ranking

After Belgium were beaten 2-0 on Thursday, the Arsenal defender believes that Jose Pekerman's side are deservedly regarded as one of the top sides around in the world
Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen feels that Colombia deserve their fourth position in the Fifa world ranking and will be a force with which to be reckoned at next year's World Cup in the wake of the Rode Duivels' 2-0 friendly loss on Thursday.

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The Europeans created a number of good chances to break the deadlock in the first half but failed to find the net and were made to pay for their profligacy after the break as Radamel Falcao and Victor Ibarbo helped the South Americans to victory.

"Colombia are a great team," the Arsenal defender told Sporza. "Their movement is very dangerous and they are incredibly efficient in front of goal.

"They deservedly sit fourth in the Fifa ranking."

Vermaelen acknowledges that Belgium still have work to do ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.

"We always kept our feet on the ground after qualifying for the World Cup," he remarked. "We all know that there's still room for improvement. We still have plenty of work to do."

Belgium will be looking to return to winning ways on Tuesday when they host Japan.