Kompany and Lukaku thrilled with Belgium's World Cup draw

The Premier League duo feel the Red Devils should be able to progress to the knockout stages in Brazil after being drawn against Algeria, Russia and South Korea
Premier League duo Vincent Kompany and Romelu Lukaku say Belgium must make it to the knockout stages of the World Cup after being in drawn in Group H alongside Algeria, Russia and South Korea.

Belgium will make a first appearance at football's premier tournament since 2002, after breezing through their qualification campaign without losing a game.

Marc Wilmots' men have emerged as one of the outsiders for glory in Brazil, and were handed a favourable draw on Friday alongside Algeria, Russia and South Korea and Kompany believes his side will have no excuses should they fail to reach the last 16.

"[It is] interesting but also treacherous," he told Sportwereld. "We can not hide. The next round is a must."

Striker Romelu Lukaku, who is currently on loan at Everton from Chelsea, echoed Kompany's sentiments.

"This is a good draw for us," added Lukaku. "The second round is a must for us, especially with the quality we have. Hopefully we can close the group stage with nine [points] from nine.

"Then we will have confidence to reach the quarter-finals."

Meanwhile, Belgium head coach Wilmots refused to label qualification an easy task, but is confident the team can progress.

"It's an interesting group," he said. "There are no world-class players within our opponents.

"I'm not saying it will be an easy group, but our first objective to reach the round of 16 is still the same."