Tuesday, 17th June, 2014

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen has insisted that his team must approach the World Cup with a "no fear" attitude.

The team from Europe, who are playing in their first World Cup finals in 12 years, have been tipped as the dark horses of the tournament and started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Algeria.

The Arsenal skipper however refuses to be complacent and added that every team are there in the World Cup by virtue of their own merit and therefore it is going to be hard work for everyone.

"The World Cup is never going to be easy," Vermaelen told Arsenal's official site.


“Every team who's there deserves to be there. It will be hard work but we have a talented group so if we do our job and play well then it's possible we can get to the second round.

"We just go there with no fear and to make sure we do as well as we can. We must put all our effort in and see where we come.”

The 28-year-old, who will have the opportunity to team up with players like Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Romelu Lukaku, also agrees with the fact that the current Belgium squad belongs to the country's golden generation.

“It's not just happened overnight, we've been working on it for a couple years and it has come altogether.

"Players have developed themselves in big countries, for example England, they play well and bring it back to the national team.

"I think it's a good moment to play a World Cup.”

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