Belgium captain Vincent Kompany is adamant that their young squad have “margins to improve” after reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup before going out 1-0 against Argentina.
Marc Wilmots’ Red Devils were one of the ‘dark horses’ going into the tournament in Brazil and they just feel short of matching the 1986 squad which went all the way to the semi-finals in Mexico.
Belgium won all three of their group matches and saw off the USA after extra-time in the last-16 before suffering a narrow defeat against Argentina.
And Kompany is adamant that the current crop of players are young enough to ensure they can become a real force to be reckoned with in international football looking ahead to future tournaments.
The Manchester City central defender said: “I have to say congratulations to the whole (Belgium) team.
“We have some margins to improve and we will be a tough team to play against in the years to come.”
Kompany also heaped praise on the hosts Brazil for putting on a good tournament.
He added: “If there is something I can take out of this World Cup, it is how much this country has proven that they could pull it off.
“So many people said it was going to be a disaster and people like to play up drama but I came here and everything was beyond my expectation.
“Most important of all, I think it was a really good advert for football, and everybody enjoyed it.”
Belgium will now start preparing for their Euro 2016 qualifiers from September and the Red Devils are 1.30 favourites to reach France by winning Group B.