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World Cup is next on Kompany's list of goals

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 3:40am

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says he wants to follow up his Premier League title triumph by helping Belgium qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Kompany is set to return to the City line-up for today's trip to West Bromwich Albion after missing the 3-0 home win over Sunderland with a calf injury.

The 26-year-old centre-back proved his fitness by scoring in a 2-0 win for Belgium against Scotland on Tuesday.

That result has left Belgium top of their World Cup qualifying group, level on points with Croatia but six clear of third-placed Serbia, as they bid to reach the finals in Brazil.

And Kompany, such an instrumental figure as City ended their 44-year wait to win the title last season, is determined to ensure Belgium are able to join the party in Brazil in two years.

"I live for [Belgium]," he said. "I won the title with Manchester City, but going to the World Cup is one of the main objectives of my career, a priority."

The trip to the Hawthorns is the start of a tough few days for City manager Roberto Mancini.

Despite winning their past two top-flight matches, against Fulham and Sunderland, City, who announced on Thursday that their 20-year-old Swedish striker John Guidetti has signed a new three-year contract, have yet to hit top form this season and face a battle to stay in the Champions League next week.

After losing to Real Madrid and drawing against Borussia Dortmund, Mancini's side head for Amsterdam knowing defeat to Ajax on Wednesday could kill their chances of reaching the knockout stages, so a victory at the Hawthorns would be the ideal start to a crucial period.

Standing in the way of City's hopes will be West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, who hails opposite number Joe Hart as one of the world's leading goalkeepers.

"He is without a doubt one of the best keepers in the world," said Foster. "I've had a chance to see him in training for England.

"He's got everything you want from a top goalkeeper. He's got the physical attributes but you also need to be very mentally strong too.

"He tries to make every save possible. The fact he's keeping a team like Manchester City in games is amazing."

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