On The Ball: Belgium's golden generation is now half olden generation

At 34, age is catching up with Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
At 34, age is catching up with Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen.PHOTO: AFP

Rankings matter less than silverware but Belgium have spent longer on top of the Fifa charts than any team since the Spain side that won one World Cup and two European Championships.

But the Belgian trophy cabinet remains empty - unless you count the 1920 Olympic gold medal - and this feels the last chance for some time for officially the world's best team to be anointed as Europe's finest.

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