Hazard, Vertonghen, Lukaku & the Belgium players Premier League fans should watch with interest against England

The visitors to Wembley have plenty of quality in their ranks and Goal.com review a number of players on show who will be of particular interest to English fans

By Chris Myson

Most of the attention will be on the England at Wembley this Saturday, but there will be a number of names on display for Belgium that will be well worth running the rule over.

The media and fans’ scrutiny will be set on the Three Lions’ tactics and performance as judgements are made on how ready they are ahead of the start of Euro 2012, but similar projections can be made on how well the Belgian stars may fare if they were to join one of the Premier League's biggest clubs.

The visitors possess a lot of quality in their ranks and have not made the trip to London just to make up the numbers. The likes of Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen – already very familiar to Premier League audiences - are mainstays in Marc Wilmots' fast-rising side.

And there are a number of other talents in their ranks who could be moving to big English clubs this summer and Goal.com profiles the players fans should keep a close eye on at Wembley.


Dembele was a revelation for Fulham in the last few months of the season after coach Martin Jol converted him from an already-impressive deep-lying forward to a central midfielder.

He has scored only seven goals in 72 appearances for Fulham, including just two goals last season, although many believe he could be even more effective playing with higher quality players.

The 24-year-old is attracting interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham and with just one year left on his contract, will likely be one of the most talked-about players in this summer's transfer window.

There is no better opportunity to put yourself in the shop window than against England at Wembley and Dembele will be looking to build on his strong performances in the Premier League in this encounter.


Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with a summer move for the powerful midfielder, who is well-known in England having been at Everton since 2008.

The versatile Belgian signed a new five-year contract last November but Goal.com reported last month that he is having growing doubts about whether Everton can step up to the next level without an injection of cash.

For his national team, he tends to play as part of a three-man central midfield, rather than the two he is more used to with the Toffees.

The match against England gives Fellaini an ideal chance to show what he is made of at the highest level, with the jury still out for some observers over whether he is really worth the big investment it would take for a top-four side to recruit him.


The Eden Hazard transfer saga finally appears to be over after the Lille playmaker this week announced his intentions to sign for Chelsea in the summer, with the European champions set to beat Manchester City and Manchester United to his signature.

Two stunning campaigns in France have led the 21-year-old to become one of the hottest properties on the transfer market this summer and he is also a crucial man for Belgium, even though he has not been prolific for his country compared to his club form.

Hazard will be one of the most-watched players on the pitch this Saturday and may even come up against some of his future Chelsea team-mates.

One thing he does not lack is confidence in his own ability, so Hazard will be desperate to make his mark in front of the Wembley crowd and watching world as he bids to prove he can live up to the hype.


Romelu Lukaku has had a season of extreme frustration at Chelsea. Having been signed from Anderlecht for big money last summer, the promising striker had to watch from the sidelines for most of the season due to a lack of first-team chances.

The frontman said this week: "When Kalou put the Champions League on my lap in the bus I asked him to take it away immediately. I didn't want to touch it because just as with the Premier League I had no part in it at all.

"Chelsea really wanted me last summer and paid a lot for me but after a while I thought, are you just throwing money around?

"During the conversation with the manager I will see whether he's serious about me or not. If not, I will go away on loan. I have to play."

Lukaku will see the showpiece game at Wembley as a huge chance to prove his credentials to not only the Chelsea bosses, but also any clubs who may be keen on taking him on loan and the English supporters who have seen so little of him throughout this year.


Having been courted by a number of Premier League clubs in recent seasons, Jan Vertonghen finally appears close to earning his move to England.

The versatile defender looks set to join Tottenham this summer in a deal worth around 11.9 million (£9.6m) and Spurs may even get him to complete a medical while he is in the country ahead of the match.

This will be a key opportunity for Vertonghen to show the English public what he can do and put in a performance that can ensure he is straight into contention to start when the new Premier League season comes around.

If he can follow in the footsteps of Kompany and Vermaelen in enjoying successful moves to England, he could prove to be an invaluable capture – but how will he play on Saturday?

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