We missed Lukaku and Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne admits

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Few months after crashing out of Euro 2020, Belgium have suffered another European trophy loss.

Belgium lost to France in the semi-final of the Nations League despite taking a two-goal lead. For their third-placed game against Italy, Belgium lost again 2-1.

Belgium were without injured Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard for this game, and De Bruyne believes that the Chelsea striker and former Chelsea star were missed.

De Bruyne also dismissed their golden generation talk and admitted that Belgium do not have the same calibre of players as Italy and France.

The Manchester City midfielder told HLN after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Italy in the Nations League play-off: “We did well at times against some top teams and had many new faces who did more than a decent job today.

“It’s 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.

He added: “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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