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Spain have the best national team in the world at the moment. They have the trophies to back that claim up. They could put out a second string side and still beat most national teams with relative ease. They're all in their prime as well, except maybe Puyol and possibly Xavi.

But the other big nations such as Holland, France, Germany, Brazil and this new emerging group of Belgium players have a lot of very talented young players who have started to make the breakthrough over the past two years or so.

Spain should still dominate for the immediate future, but we should see a really competitive international period over the next 10 years between the nations mentioned above.


Riacrdo van Rhijn
Bruno Martins Indi (21)
Jetro Willems (19)
Kevin Strootman (23)
Jordy Clasie (21)
Adam Maher (19)
Ola John (20)
Siem de Jong (24)
Luuk de Jong (22)
Jermain Lens (25)
Tonny Vilhena (18)
Jonathan De Guzmán (25)
Tim Krul (25)
Georginio Wijnaldum (22)

Then there's still the experienced players such as van Persie, Sneijder, van der Vaart, Robben, Vlaar, Heitinga and Huntelaar still around to help bring them through.


Raphaël Varane (19)
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (23)
Mamadou Sakho (23)
Moussa Sissoko (23)
Paul Pogba (20)
Yann M'Vila (22)
Maxime Gonalons (25)
Antoine Griezmann (22)
Alexandre Lacazette (21)
Baise Matuidi (26)

Nasri, Evra, Lloris, Benzema, Rami, Valbuena, and Ribéry are still around as well and are all good ages except for Evra. Clichy will replace Evra soon enough.


Ron-Robert Zieler (24)
Marc-André ter Stegen (20)
Sebastain Jung (22)
Sven Bender (23)
André Schürrle (22)
İlkay Gündoğan (22)
Patrick Herrmann (22)
Julian Draxler (19)
Lewis Holtby (22)
Moritz Leitner (20)

Özil, Hummels, Götze, Badstuber, Kroos and Müller are all 24 or under and are already on 20+ caps. Plus, they have the experience of Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Mertesacker, Neuer, Khedira and Gómez to help bring them through.


Leandro Damião (23)
Neymar (21)
Dedé (24)
Rafael (22)
Oscar (21)
Lucas (20)
Rômulo (22)
Luiz Gustavo (25)
Alex Sandro (22)
Leandro (19)
Sandro (24)
Marcelo (24)

Alves, Adriano, Silva, Luiz, César, Ramires, Fred and Hulk are all experienced as well to mix with the youth.

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I think Belgium deserve a mention, they have quietly gone about their business and they've now got a very good squad.

- Kompany
- Vermaelen
- Vertonghen
- Mirallas
- Dembele
- Fellaini
- Witsel
- Hazard
- Benteke
- Lukaku

They have a good blend of youth and expeience and with Hazard getting better all the time, I'm expecting these to mount a challenge at Brazil next year.

I'm still backing Germany to win it, the squad they have right now is just incredible.


Then they still have Muller, Podolski, Kroos, Klose, Bender, Gündogan, Draxler and others there as well.

Your arms are just too short to box with God
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Muller will always start for Germany. He's just too good. He starts for them now and they have Reus, Gotze, Ozil already.

The Great Dane
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Denmark to win the Euro's in 2020.

Viktor Fischer
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Christian Eriksen
Patrick Olsen
Jores Okore
Andreas Cornelius
Christian Nørgaard
Kenneth Zohore
Danny Amankwaa
Frederik Sørensen
Nicolai Boilesen
Frederik Rønnow

The Great Dane
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Always good for a laugh.
Put all your Belgium names up in your ass ;)

Viktor Fischer
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Christian Eriksen
Patrick Olsen
Jores Okore
Andreas Cornelius
Christian Nørgaard
Kenneth Zohore
Danny Amankwaa
Frederik Sørensen
Nicolai Boilesen (will be the best left back in the world, but I think he's done already. Always injured)
Frederik Rønnow
Jannik Vestergaard

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Sagna Verane Sakho Clichy
Pogba Veratti Kondogbia
Nasri Benzema Ribery


Boetang Hummels Badstuber Lahm
Kroos Scweinsteiger
Götze Ozil Reus

- Müller, Sven and Lars Bender, Gündogan, Draxler, Schurrle, Khedira

Montoya Ramos Piqué Alba
Alonso Busquets
Mata Torres Iniesta

- Silva, Cazorla, Martinez, D'Gea, Thiago, Isco, Navas, Azpilicueta


Alves Silva Luiz Marcelo
Paulinho Ramires
Hulk Fred Neymar

- Rafael, Fabio, Dante, Dede, Sandro, Damiao, Coutinho, Bernard, Gustavo


Walker Jones Smalling Baines
Cleverley Wilshere
Walcott Rooney Welbeck

- Zaha, Ox, Gerrard, Shaw, Jagielka, Clyne, Sterling, Sturridge, Chabolah


Alderweireld Kompany Vermaelen Vertoghen
Fellaini Dembele Witsel
Mirallas Lukaku Hazard

- Benteke, Januzaj, De Bruyne, Mertens, Chalid

There are a heck of a lot of national teams with a huge amount of good young players coming through and establishing themselves whilst having the experienced players already there.

The next few tournaments should be very competitive.
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