Friday, January 27, 2023

Belgium Captain Eden Hazard Retires From International Football

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Eden Hazard has announced he has retired from international football after Belgium’s premature exit from the World Cup in Qatar.

The decision was reportedly made after his nation’s elimination from the tournament following a 0-0 draw with Croatia on matchday three. Hazard featured in all three group games but failed to score as Belgium finished third in Group F behind Morocco and Croatia.

Hazard confirmed his retirement in a message to his followers on Instagram, which reads: “A page turns today… Thank you for your love.

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Thank you for your unparalleled support. Thank you for all this happiness shared since 2008. I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready. I will miss you….”

Hazard’s announcement puts an end to an international career that totalled 126 games between 2008 and 2022 – a period in which he registered 33 goals.

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The 31-year-old’s retirement marks the beginning of the end for Belgium’s so-called ‘Golden Generation’, as manager Roberto Martinez announced he will be leaving his position immediately after their group stage exit.

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