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Thursday, 25 April, 2002, 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
Wilmots selection poser
Marc Wilmots in action for Belgium
Wilmots is set to hang up his international boots
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Marc Wilmots is the undisputed leader of the Belgium national team - on and off the pitch.

His own form, though, is a cause for concern.

How can Wilmots be incorporated in the team without compromising its performance?

How can the team compete without Wilmot's undoubted leadership qualities?

Following Belgium's 1-1 draw with Slovakia, Flemish daily Het Nieuwsblad gave its latest ratings for players likely to be named in Belgium's World Cup squad.

Captain Wilmots was the top-rated of 32 possible candidates.

Marc Wilmots
Marc Wilmots
Born: 22.02.1969
Caps: 53
Goals: 19
Club: Schalke 04
On the same day, francophone-daily La Derniere Heure used its leader column to question the future role of Wilmots.

The 'DH' was of the opinion that Wilmots could no longer play a pivotal role in midfield.

Wilmots looked uncomfortable there for 45 minutes against Slovakia and at no time looked capable of making the telling pass that would have made a difference.

At the age of 33, Wilmots is reaching the end of his career and has already announced that he would retire from international football after the World Cup.

Belgium's problem is that Wilmots is the team leader and no-one, not even Gert Verheyen at this stage, has come forward to replace him.

The Red Devils will only progress in the World Cup if they successfully harness the camaraderie and teamwork that undoubtedly exists.

Wilmots is the key to making that happen.

Walter Baseggio
Walter Baseggio is otherwise engaged in the press box
He drove Belgium forward to gain a draw at Hampden Park and came on to score the penalty that took the team through to Japan against the Czech Republic.

Without Wilmots, the team looked lacklustre against Greece in Patras, where they conceded late goals to lose 3-2.

Robert Waseige could accommodate Wilmots by playing him in attack alongside Wesley Sonck or Emile Mpenza, but that would reduce the attacking options.

Otherwise he could revert to 3-5-2 and play Wilmots just behind two strikers.

With Waseige's love of stability, the latter choice is unlikely. There is no easy solution.

If Walter Baseggio had 'trained on' from his halcyon days of 2000-2001, then the Belgium coach might be sleeping easier in his bed.

Instead, with Baseggio watching last Wednesday's game from the press box and looking increasingly unlikely to make the squad, Waseige has to solve his midfield - and possibly captaincy - dilemmas fast.


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