Belgium talisman Kevin De Bruyne has said the country just doesn’t have enough talent to be Europe’s best.
The Manchester City star bemoaned his national side’s failure after losing to France in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals and then to Italy in the third-place match of the same tournament.
Despite being a golden generation, De Bruyne says Belgium just does not have enough depth.
"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,” he said after the Italy loss Belgian broadcaster HLN.
"Italy, France, and Spain have 22 top players to choose from, and we do not.
"We did well at times against some top teams and had many new faces who did more than a decent job today.
"It's a good experience for them to be able to play against opponents of this calibre, but unfortunately we lost twice.”
Meanwhile, De Bruyne could feature for the English champions as City take on Burnley this weekend.