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Marc Wilmots made 70 appearances for Belgium

Belgium have parted company with manager Marc Wilmots, two weeks after the team lost 3-1 to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

The 47-year-old former Belgium international held the position for four years and managed 50 games.

The Red Devils are ranked second in the world.

Belgian FA president Francois de Keersmaecker said: “The objectives set for the Euros were not achieved. We need a new momentum.”

Belgium dominated large periods of the game against Wales, and Radja Nainggolan opened the scoring. But goals from Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes dumped the Red Devils out of the competition.

Wales went on to lose to eventual champions Portugal in the last four.

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Euro 2016: Wales 3-1 Belgium highlights

There were high expectations for a Belgium side second in the Fifa world rankings and described as the “golden generation” prior to both the Euros and the 2014 World Cup.

However, they fell in the last eight of both competitions, losing to eventual runners-up Argentina in Brazil.

Wilmots scored 28 goals in 70 appearances for Belgium, and won the European Super Cup in 1988 with Belgian side Mechelen.

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Dimitri Payet committed his future to West Ham in an interview with the Sun on Thursday

West Ham’s first competitive match at the Olympic Stadium will be against either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Slovenia’s NK Domzale in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

The Hammers are due to host the first leg on 28 July, but the London club have made an official request to Uefa to reverse the dates of the two games.

That is because their stadium stages an athletics meeting – the London Anniversary Games – on 22 and 23 July.

The second leg is set for 4 August.

Five other British sides could also be involved in the third round of qualifying if they make it past round two.

Aberdeen could face either Maribor or Levski Sofia, Hearts could play Krasnodar, while Hibernian could play Hertha Berlin.

Cliftonville could face a trip to Russia to play Spartak Moscow, while Connah’s Quay could face either Irish side St Patrick’s Athletic or Dinamo Minsk.

All five British sides play the second legs of their second qualifying round matches on 21 July.

West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League last season and qualified for Europe courtesy of fifth-placed Manchester United winning the FA Cup.

The Hammers made the switch to the Olympic Stadium from their home at the Boleyn Ground at the end of last season.

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Ranieri dreams of another trophy with Leicester

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