Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke reckons Belgium could win the World Cup in Russia this summer.

The former Liverpool target man is waiting for national team boss Roberto Martínez to reveal his provisional squad soon but believes the nation has a great chance.

He featured during the final 20 minutes of the Eagles’ season as Wilfried Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt scored twice in a victory over relegated West Bromwich Albion.

Benteke said: “I think we have to try and go to the end because, with the squad that we’ve got, we’ve got a great chance to win this tournament.

“It won’t be easy but we have to be ambitious.

“I’m going to wait for the list for the World Cup [in Russia] and, hopefully, I can go.

“But if not I’m going to take my time off, and then rest myself, and then go again.”

The 27-year-old has endured a difficult season at Selhurst Park campaign, scoring only three goals in 31 appearances for his lowest-ever Premier League tally.

Benteke, who has found the net 69 times in 185 top-flight appearances, also faces stiff competition for a place in the World Cup squad.

He added: “I think it’s my first season where I don’t score like I’ve wanted to score, but that’s part of football and it’s part of the toughest of the Premier League.

“I just want to rest myself and just get ready for the next year.”

Palace boss Roy Hodgson guided the club to its best final Premier League position of 11th for the first time since the 2014/15 season when they came 10th.