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Mirallas Staying Grounded

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Kevin Mirallas insists nobody in the Belgium squad is getting carried away - despite widespread belief they could be ones-to-watch in Brazil.

Littered with Premier League stars such as former Everton loanee Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Chelsea's Eden Hazard - as well as Mirallas - Marc Wilmots' side are expected to deliver an impressive showing in their first major tournament since 2002.

The Red Devils have been pitted against Russia, Korea Republic and Algeria in Group H and kick off their campaign against the latter in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

But despite a kind-looking draw, winger Mirallas says his nation deserve nothing unless they can prove themselves worthy of the hype.

"Everyone is thinking that we are going to have an absolutely magical experience in Brazil and for us as players it is going to be special," he said. "But we remain very focused on our goal. This is a squad with a real sense of belief, but we are keeping our feet very much on the ground.

"All we are concentrating on at the moment is getting out of the group because it won't be easy."

But while Mirallas is confident of an impressive showing in South America, he believes gaining experience for future tournaments could be of the greatest importance.

"You have to consider that we are a young group of players and only two members of the squad have played in a World Cup before," he added.

"The rest of us don't have that experience and you have to be honest and say that experience is important in these tournaments. We can't get carried away.

"The one thing we can definitely say is that we will be stronger for Euro 2016. We will be better for this experience of the World Cup.

"There is a huge amount of expectation on us for Brazil and with that comes pressure. But we have to believe we will be better for the World Cup experience and stronger afterwards."

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