Real Madrid and Belgium national football team forward Eden Hazard has announced his decision to retire from his national team after a disastrous world cup outing in Qatar. Eden Hazard retired from international football at 31 after his country’s problems at the world cup. They couldn’t make it past the group stage after Morocco defeated them, and they had only one win with Canada.
Eden Hazard made his debut for the Belgium national football team at 17 in 2008 and then went on to score about 33 goals for the team and win 126 caps. While playing for the Belgium national team, Eden Hazard either played as an attacking midfielder or a winger as he later grew to wear the captain armband.
In a post he made on Instagram, it read, “A page turns today… Thank you for your love. 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.” Eden Hazard was one of those that was called the Golden generation, but it seems like those generations didn’t live up to the hype around them.
Eden Hazard retired from international football after he had led the Belgium national football team to the semi-finals of the world cup that was held in 2018 in Russia. But they lost 1-0 to France and had to beat England to finish third in that tournament. However, the Qatar World Cup 2022 has been a nightmare for them as there were many internal problems and a lack of communication within the Belgium national football team.
Eden Has Been a Top Player For Belgium
Before retiring from the Belgium national football team, Eden was a clutch player for the team as he had inspired the team into unforgettable moments such as the world cup that was held in Russia. He made his debut when Belgium played against Luxembourg and has become the 8th youngest player to play for his country since then.
Hazard played in all the games that Belgium participated in during the Qatar World Cup 2022, and his impact was felt whenever he came on for the team. They started their campaign at the Qatar World Cup well when they beat Canada 1-0. But their nightmare began when Morocco humiliated them in a 2-0 defeat before they drew with Croatia. Before their exit from the world cup, there were reportedly altercations within their group as each of them argued on many issues regarding their age.
Also, it was reported that there was some lack of communication within their group as some players, such as Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois, avoided each other. Some players also admitted that their team didn’t play well during their short stay in Qatar. The man who managed the Belgium national football team has already resigned, and it is expected that more players might consider retiring to allow younger players to play for the team.