- Title: Belgium soccer team train ahead of Estonia game
- Date: 12th November 2016
- Summary: TUBIZE, BELGIUM (NOVEMBER 12, 2016) (REUTERS) WIDE OF TRAINING GOALKEEPER, THIBAUT COURTOIS, TRAINING GOALKEEPER, SIMON MIGNOLET, TRAINING BELGIUM MANAGER, ROBERTO MARTINEZ GOALKEEPERS WARMING UP MARTINEZ VARIOUS OF SQUAD GATHERED ON PITCH BELGIUM ATTACKER, KEVIN DE BRUYNE MIDFIELDERS AXEL WITSEL AND KEVIN MIRALLAS VARIOUS OF SQUAD RUNNING AROUND PITCH MARTINEZ WATCHES TRAINING WIDE OF TRAINING MARTINEZ COURTOIS TRAINING WIDE OF KEEPERS TRAINING VARIOUS OF SQUAD TRAINING CAPTAIN AND MIDFIELDER, EDEN HAZARD, TRYING TO CHASE DOWN BALL VARIOUS OF TRAINING EDEN HAZARD WIDE OF TRAINING
- Embargoed: 27th November 2016 21:43
- Keywords: Belgium Roberto Martinez soccer football Eden Hazard Thibaut Courtois
- Location: TUBIZE, BELGIUM
- City: TUBIZE, BELGIUM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0015852H4V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Belgium national side trained on Saturday (November 12) ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Estonia.
The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard were all present, although Spurs' midfielder Mousa Dembele had left the camp earlier following a muscle injury.
Earlier int he day Chelsea attacker Hazard said he is enjoying his new role as captain of the national side in the absence of the injured Vincent Kompany.
Hazard was speaking at a news conference ahead of his side facing off against Estonia in the World Cup Qualifiers.
"It's good to be the captain. You know, I enjoy this. I try to be a leader on the pitch. Maybe it's new for me, now it's just one year, I'm the captain. But, yeah, I enjoy and I want to lead Belgium until the World Cup. I want to win something with the country. I hope we will, but it's too far now," said the Belgium and Chelsea attacker.
Manager Roberto Martinez also said that he believes the Estonia game will not be an easy test for his side, who are ranked fourth in the FIFA world rankings.
"As a whole the new coach has brought a different structure in the way that they want to get on the ball. I saw the game against Greece - they concede two goals from dead ball situations, an early corner and free-kick in the second half but overall they were very impressive. So, I can see that this team is a new team that is going to get stronger through the qualifying rounds. I think we're going to see a very dynamic group of players tomorrow. Very, very competitive. And we need to be well aware of (Konstantin) Vassiljev not being able to get a lot of joy on the ball," he said.
Belgium will play Estonia in Brussels on Sunday (November 13).
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