World Cup: Vincent Kompany says Belgium and England are contenders
Vincent Kompany believes Belgium and England are among a host of dark horses for World Cup glory in Brazil.
Last Updated: 01/06/14 12:44pm
Belgium qualified for the tournament in style and have been tipped to go a long way, with a number of talented players from the country gracing Europe's top club sides.
Manchester City captain Kompany accepts that they are not among the favourites, but thinks they could still mount a strong challenge.
Kompany also thinks that teams will need to be wary of England, but his focus is solely on Belgium and their opening game against Algeria on June 17.
"In Belgium right now the only thing anyone is talking about is that moment when we play our first game, but I just think we all need to stay calm," he said in the Daily Star Sunday.
"There are four or five teams who are clear favourites at these finals and they are the ones we need to compete against out there.
"After that, though, there are maybe ten dark horses for the tournament.
"Belgium are one of those countries - and England are part of that group as well.
"If any of these teams have a good run then anything is possible for them in Brazil."
Belgium's current crop has been described as a golden generation but Kompany reckons the togetherness of the group is their main strength.
He said: "If there's one thing to say about this squad it is that all the guys have such a great attitude and we're such a positive group.
"If any team deserves to do well at the World Cup based on team spirit, it's us. It is such a fantastic team to be involved in."