The Belgium national team are ranked number one in the world, despite never having won a major tournament.

They have a current crop of outstanding players in their squad, but can Belgium turn this immense potential into trophies?

Ladbrokes odds

To win the tournament: 17/2

To win Group E: Evens

To qualify for Round of 16: 1/9

Top goal-scorer: Eden Hazard: 33/1 | Kevin De Bruyne: 40/1

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Route to Euro 2016

Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne scored five goals apiece in Belgium’s seven victories, two draws and one defeat.

Their only loss came away against Wales, the eventual runners-up in Qualifying Group B. The Welshmen won the game 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Real Madrid’a Gareth Bale.

Four straight wins over Bosnia, Cyprus, Andorra and Israel allowed Belgium to pip Wales to first place by just two points.

Tournament history

Belgium have never won a major tournament, but they came close as runners-up to Germany in Euro 1980. Their route to the final included a win against Spain, as well as draws with Italy and England during the group stage.

In the final against the Germans, the match was heading for extra-time, before an 88th minute header from Horst Hrubesch lost Belgium the match and the trophy.

Belgium qualified again for Euro 1984 and Euro 2000 (as co-hosts), but they failed make it through to the knockout stage.

Manager

Marc Wilmots

Marc Wilmots is a former Belgium international who went into politics after retiring as a player in 2003, serving a two-year term as a Mouvement Réformateur senator.

Wilmots spent an eight-month spell as manager of Sint-Truiden, before getting sacked in 2005.

After his spell in politics, he became assistant manager of the Belgium national side, before taking the job as head coach on a full-time basis after a month as caretaker in June 2012.

Wilmots led Belgium to the 2014 Brazil World Cup finals in Brazil. Under his tutelage, the ‘golden generation’ won all three group games, before beating the USA in the round of 16. They lost 1-0 to Argentina in the quarter-final thanks to a goal from Lionel Messi.

After winning a friendly against France and their topping Qualifying Group B, Wilmot led the Red Devils to Number One in the FIFA rankings.

Most important player

Eden Hazard

Despite a dry spell in the 2015/16 season with Chelsea, Eden Hazard remains on form for his country. Hazard is the most impressive player in what is an extraordinary generation of attacking talent.

Alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard is the jewel in the crown of a truly fearsome forward line. What sets him apart? Well, the Chelsea man possesses great team awareness, as well as mesmerising dribbling skills.

Rising star

Michy Batshuayi

22-year-old Michy Batshuayi shares many qualities with the two fellow Belgian strikers who hail from the Congo (Lukaku and Benteke). Unlike his countrymen, however, he is two-footed and is quicker off the mark.

Batshuayi’s deft touch gives him the ability to confound defenders with a trick or two. Having scored on both his debut and in his second match, the young Marseille striker is certainly one to watch.

Going into Euro 2016, we place Belgium as fourth-favourites to win the tournament. They undoubtedly have a great squad and we think this will be enough to see them through the group stage and maybe even into the latter stages of the competition.

As it stands, Belgium have yet to truly capitalise on their potential in a way that justifies their place as number one in the FIFA rankings.

While we certainly don’t rule out the chance of Euro 2016 being Belgium’s tournament, they are yet to convince our experts.

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