We hold listening to that Belgium’s golden period is on its method out, however on the proof of Monday’s victory over Finland, the longer term would not look too unhealthy in any respect.
Whereas the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Axel Witsel and Eden Hazard could also be coming in the direction of the top of their worldwide careers, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois are going nowhere any time quickly.
The peaks of Youri Tielemans, Jason Denayer and Leandro Trossard are but to come back. In opposition to Finland, the latter duo appeared like succesful worldwide gamers, who might present the foil for his or her world class expertise within the tournaments that lie forward.
After which coming by way of beneath all of that’s the quickly rising Jeremy Doku.
The Rennes ahead has solely simply turned 19 however prompted extra hassle for the Finnish again line than the likes of Hazard and Lukaku within the early levels, marking his sixth worldwide begin with numerous vibrant, explosive dribbles that saved Jere Uronen guessing.
A swap from proper to left halfway by way of the primary interval noticed him discover extra space, as he took a Kevin De Bruyne move in his stride, discovered a yard on Jukke Raitala and fired one on the far put up that required a full-stretch cease from Lukas Hradecky.
He moved again onto the precise because the second half started, and with Belgium knocking on the door, his wild bursts of tempo had been proving an excessive amount of for Uronen to deal with – particularly with the ineffable De Bruyne spoon-feeding by way of balls proper into his path.
Again and again he was discovering house within the inside channel, choosing the ball up and teasing the opposing wing-back earlier than sending a looking out ball inside.
By the point he was substituted, he’d accomplished three key passes – greater than any Belgian participant aside from De Bruyne, who naturally racked up seven – and had left one more lasting mark on the worldwide scene.
The match-winning moments for Belgium got here from extra acquainted sources. Thomas Vermaelen’s header crept over the road earlier than Lukaku’s late strike sealed Group B, nevertheless it was a massively encouraginf efficiency from Doku that solely added to his rising status as considered one of European soccer’s hottest prospects.
With the 19-year-old on the rise, and a supporting solid of youthful gamers accessible to help De Bruyne and Lukaku within the years forward, we could not but be witnessing the top of Belgium as a global pressure.
Earlier than we begin trying to the longer term, although, there’s the remainder of Euro 2020 to maintain a cautious eye on., Aided by Doku’s most up-to-date spectacular show, Belgium have stormed by way of Group B with a 100% document – and also you would not wager towards them having some silverware to point out for it come 11 July.