The Belgium revolution starts in Tottenham, but spreads across Europe

Belgium internationals Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and new signing Nacer Chadli started in Tottenham's 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

updated: August 19, 2013 01:14 IST
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For the first time in history, three players from Belgium were in the starting line-up for an English Premier League side. Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and new signing Nacer Chadli started for Tottenham Hotspur in their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Vertonghen, as a central defender, looked assured throughout while Dembele was a bit off the pace at Selhurst Park but all eyes were on Chadli as he deputized for Gareth Bale on the left wing. The 24-year-old worked his socks off but lacked a cutting-edge in the final third. In injury time at the end of the first half, Aaron Lennon lobbed a cross towards the far post. Chadli climbed above his marker but could only 'shoulder' the ball over the bar. Chadli had an easier chance in the second half but his shot was tame and hit straight at the keeper. For the most part of the match Chadli looked eager but nervous - a characteristic that can be used to describe the most exciting of Belgium's current players.

Placed 40th last September, Belgium currently sit 10th in FIFA rankings. They sit top of their 2013 World Cup qualification group, three points ahead of Croatia with three games to play. Marc Wilmots' side are all but guaranteed qualification to the World Cup, for the first time since 2002 - a minimum requirement for the talent they possess.

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