De Bruyne's brutal honesty on Belgium

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Belgium superstar Kevin De Bruyne has given a scathing opinion on his country's current group of players, despite it being their "golden generation", after finishing fourth in the UEFA Nations League.

The Manchester City playmaker did not hold back in his assessment of the current Belgium squad after his side's 2-1 defeat to Italy in the Nations League third-place play-off on Sunday. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the stars considered to be among Belgium's "golden generation"

With the Red Devils being the No. 1-ranked nation in the world, according to FIFA's latest standings, they headed into the UNL semi-finals as one of the favourites. However, their title hopes were crushed when they were beaten 3-2 by France, despite having a 2-0 lead heading into half-time. 

This set them up for an encounter with reigning European champions Italy, who brushed them aside with goals from Nicolo Barella and Domenico Berardi before Club Brugge youngster Charles De Ketelaere netted a consolation strike in the third-place play-off. 

This result seemingly sparked a brutally honest opinion from star player De Bruyne, who claimed that Belgium do not have the quality to compete against the likes of eventual tournament champions Les Bleus. 

"We did well at times against some top teams and had many new faces who did more than a decent job today," the City midfielder told Belgian broadcaster HLN 

"It's a good experience for them to be able to play against opponents of this calibre, but unfortunately we lost twice.  

"With all due respect, playing against Estonia is not the same thing and these challenges are necessary for us to grow, both as individuals and as a team.

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"With all due respect, we are 'just' Belgium. It's a new generation, we were missing Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard today, so we have to be realistic about the team we have.  

"Italy, France, and Spain have 22 top players to choose from, and we do not." 

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