"I hope to watch the first [World Cup] match on 14 June and just enjoy this World Cup," Belgium defender Thomas Meunier told RTBF TV channel.

He added that he was happy to arrive in Russia after the "monotonous training period" and enjoy the new atmosphere, culture and climate.

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez said he wanted to "give emotion" to the fans.

"I can't wait for it to begin, I want to start training and to give emotion to our fans," he said.

He added that the team have been preparing for the tournament for two years.

"We've been preparing for this moment for two years, we've played three test matches ahead of the World Cup, but only now we realise that everything begins, We're going to play our first match, see our fans... I'm looking forward to seeing them in the stands," Martinez said.

The World Cup kicks off tonight with the hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia. The tournament will continue until 15 July, when the final is due to be played in Moscow.

Belgium were drawn to Group G along with Panama, Tunisia, England.