Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is backing Belgium to cause an upset at the World Cup in Brazil, which kicks off in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
The Dane is known for his considered answers in interviews and, while speaking to ManUtd.com about this summer’s tournament, explained why his team-mates Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini could enjoy some success in South America.
“I think Brazil are the favourites and then I think Germany have a good chance,” said Lindegaard. “I don't believe in Spain this year and I have Belgium as an outsider. I think that's how it is going to go down.
“With the population of Belgium compared to how good their players are, it is incredible. What they have done down there, I don't know, but they have done something right.
“Either they have hit the jackpot or they have created a system that actually develops some world-class players in spite of a small population. If you look at their team, they have got world-class players all over. It is incredible.”
In the same interview, Lindegaard also recalls his earliest World Cup memories and offers a frank assessment of England’s chances in Brazil.