It is seen by some observers as Belgiumâs âgolden generationâ and Vermaelen hopes they can fulfil their promise over the coming years.
âAt the moment everyone is really positive about the national team, especially in England because they know a lot of players in the Premier League that play for Belgium,â he told Arsenal Player.
âEverybody is talking about the talented group we have. But that means the expectations and the pressure is higher. Everybody expects us to go to the World Cup but itâs not easy. You have to fight for every three points because the international level is quite high.
âFor me it would be amazing, it would be an honour [to go to Brazil 2014]. I havenât played a tournament at that level yet. Iâm getting older as well so I want to play at a big tournament. I feel the time is now to go through.â