Arsenal’s captain Thomas Vermaelen has been speaking with the Belgian press about his feelings regarding his national team, what could be affecting crowd support for the team and their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.
I found the feeling I had when I watched the Devils on TV as a kid. At the time, the national team was the centre of attention. I never missed a game. When I myself was selected, the excitement around the team had fallen significantly.
The results were less good and even at home, people watched more matches.
Everything has changed and we notice, especially during home games.
I do not know if this enthusiasm is linked to the political situation because it has been a while since I lived in Belgium. I just come back for the national team.
But I think sports and politics should remain separate.
In the group, there is no community problem. If sometimes you find yourself at the table with, on the one hand Walloons and Flemings on the other, it’s just for a simple practical reason.
We all get along very well.
As for our chances of qualifying for the World Cup, I will not give you a percentage, but we are confident.