16 April 2014 | News Comments

Belgium boss Wilmots extends deal

Marc Wilmots has agreed a new contract to remain in charge of Belgium's national team until the 2018 World Cup.

Belgium will go into this summer's tournament in Brazil as one of the hot picks to challenge in the later stages thanks to a wealth of talent including the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku.

And the coach that has overseen their emergence on the international stage will remain in charge for both the Euro 2016 campaign in France and the next World Cup in Russia.

"We have come a long way both on and off the field in the last two years, and together with my technical staff I look forward to getting the most from our group over the next four years," said Wilmots.

"I'm very proud that I can extend my career with the national team."

The 45-year-old became head coach in 2012 after three years as an assistant to Dick Advocaat and Georges Leekens.

Steven Martens, chief executive of the Belgian Football Federation, said: "Marc has in recent months had many other opportunities but he has shown that the national team is his first choice.

"I am very pleased to have this guaranteed continuity in quality, passion and leadership."