The typical suspects are on Roberto Martinez’s World Cup roster. For Belgium, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Dries Mertens have all played in more than 100 matches. Thibaut Courtois in goal and Kevin De Bruyne in the middle of the field are not far behind.
Martinez, a former Everton player, has been in charge since 2016. Results under his leadership have been notably inconsistent. Despite the clear quality on hand, Belgium has struggled to create an impression at international competitions, which has naturally infuriated many Belgian supporters.
Canada has only ever competed in one World Cup competition. Prior to becoming manager, John Herdman oversaw the Canadian women’s national team. He was chosen to lead the men’s squad in 2018 and has since won praise for his efforts on behalf of the group.