Hazard announced his retirement from international football following Belgium’s early exit from the World Cup in Qatar.
Hazard retires from international football after Belgium’s World Cup exit
Former Chelsea player, Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from international football following Belgium’s World Cup group stage exit.
Roberto Martinez’s team was eliminated after a draw with Croatia, and Hazard has now confirmed on Instagram that he has decided to “call it a day” on his international career.
He wrote: “A page turns today… Thank you for your love and 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…. #onestensemble.”
Hazard played for Chelsea for seven years, scoring 110 goals in 352 appearances and helping the Blues win six trophies, including two Premier League titles.
Hazard joined Real Madrid after helping Chelsea win the Europa League in 2019, but injuries have limited him to 72 appearances in three seasons, with just 98 minutes in La Liga this season.
Despite concerns about his fitness, Hazard started Belgium’s first match of the tournament, a narrow win over Canada thanks to a Michy Batshuayi goal, but a shock defeat to Morocco and a goalless draw with Croatia saw them exit the tournament in the group stages.
The 31-year-old made 126 senior appearances for his country, scoring 33 goals, but despite a squad that included Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, he was unable to lead them to a trophy.
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