Belgium coach Georges Leekens announced his resignation on Sunday, saying he would take over with immediate effect at FC Brugge, the league runner-up whose manager Christoph Daum departed last week.

The Belgian federation said it was surprised to learn of the departure, since it had been counting on Leekens to lead a talented Belgian squad to the World Cup finals in Brazil in two years' time.

Belgium, which failed to reach the finals of Euro 2012, will play England in a friendly on June 2.

Leekens was a longtime player of FC Brugge and coached it from 1989 to 1991. He has signed a three-year contract.