Wilmots: Even Hazard not assured of Belgium starting berth

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.

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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 team.

"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.