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Belgium manager looking for best way to combine all his Premier League stars

Former Wigan and Everton manager Roberto Martinez is currently preparing his Belgium side for this summers World Cup in Russia.

England have of course have been drawn in the same group as this hugely talented Red Devils side for the tournament in June.

Martinez, who is assisted by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, is in charge of what is Belgium’s best ever selection of players. The 44-year-old is the envy of many international coaches as he has at his disposal some of the Premier League’s top players.

England will certainly have a tough job on their hands trying to overcome a side containing the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Verthongen, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne to name but a few.

Martinez has admitted that he is using his sides international friendly against Saudi Arabia tonight to try and find the best way to combine all this talent ahead of the World Cup, and also revealed that players capable of playing in multiple positions will be looked on favourably.

“World Cups don’t respect generations. They respect talent. We don’t look any further than working very hard and finding the best combination. We are a team that have the mentality to want to be as good as we can.”

“I don’t think tomorrow is about making a statement,”

“We are not working now to make statements. Making statements in March is a bit of a risk. We are looking to see what player can be useful to the team.

“In terms of positions we are clear on what the squad needs. To play seven games you have to prepare for that, so the balance of the squad is clear. There are some who can play different positions so that may affect it a little bit. They have an advantage but they need to end the season well.” Martinez said.

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