Philippe Albert picks his all-time Belgium XI

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The Red Devils legend takes on the near-impossible task of selecting his best-ever Belgium XI and says personality is just as important as talent. Now you can do the same with our interactive tool

For my goalkeeper, I’ve chosen Michel Preud’homme. We played together for three years at KV Mechelen. Voted “Best in the World” at the 1994 World Cup; a leader, good on his line. If he was playing today, he’d be in the top three in the world.

Eric Gerets is my right-back. The first Belgian to win the European Cup. A top player, with great determination and a real leader. Laurent Verbiest would be my first centre-back. He was known as ‘Lorenzo the Magnificent’, a talented libero, 20 or 30 years ahead of his time. He died tragically at 27 in a car crash.

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