POST TIME: 21 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
‘Belgium deserve to win Euro 2020’
Goal.com, Brussels

‘Belgium deserve to win Euro 2020’

Belgium's forward Kevin De Bruyne (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualification football match against Cyprus at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels on Tuesday. AFP photo

Roberto Martinez believes Belgium deserve to win Euro 2020 but acknowledges that will count for little if they do not perform at the finals.  Belgium completed their qualification campaign on Tuesday, thrashing Cyprus 6-1 to end with 10 wins from 10 in Group I, scoring 40 goals in the process. Martinez has already seen enough to suggest Belgium are worthy of a maiden major international title, yet he knows there is plenty of work to do.

“Whether we can win the European Championship, that is something that we have in our hands,” head coach Martinez said. “We need to get even better and then we see if we can play another great tournament. “We have set the standard at the World Cup and we are continuing to develop into a team with a great deal of togetherness. And the fans are also important.

“We now have seven months to become as good as possible. This team deserves to win the European Championship but, in football, it's not that simple.” Belgium were knocked out at the quarter-final stages of Euro 2016 with the side losing 3-1 to surprise packet Wales.  Two years later, Martinez's side then finished third at the World Cup in Russia after they lost 1-0 to eventual champions France in the semi-finals before beating England 2-0 in the third place play-off.