Belgian football writer explains why Jeff Hendrick is the Ireland player he's worried about

Belgian football writer Bjorn De Cock chats to Team 33 about Ireland v Belgium at Euro 2016

Jeff Hendrick, Ireland

Ireland's Jeff Hendrick ©INPHO/James Crombie

Ahead of Belgium's Euro 2016 campaign, football writer Bjorn De Cock previewed the Red Devils' tournament.

And he made an interesting point, stating that Ireland were the team he expected to give the Belgians the biggest headache in Group E.

Italy gave them a headache in their opening group match on Monday, defeating Marc Wilmots' side 2-0.

Up next for them is Ireland on Saturday afternoon and ahead of that game, Bjorn joined us on Newstalk's Team 33 to discuss the problems exposed by the Italians.

One issue we expanded on was the Irish players that Bjorn is most concerned about from a Belgian perspective.

"I pointed out Hendrick in my article and he was also very good [against Sweden]. He was one of the best and he was also very good in qualification because I saw some matches and I think he will be the man [to stop]," Bjorn told us.

"I think Ireland will find it difficult to create a lot of chances but he can score from [long-range] and that will be very interesting to see and that will be a role for Witsel or Nianggolan to also defend because Wilmots said he will make one or two changes - so it depends what he will change."

Highlighting the team ethic at the heart of what Ireland do, Bjorn feels his own nation needs to be incredibly efficient and that Romelu Lukaku cannot forego chances as he did against Italy.

You can listen to the full Belgium-Ireland preview on the podcast player or also stream on iTunes: