Belgian striker Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from international football.
Hazard made the announcement Tuesday on Instagram following Belgium’s shock group stage exit at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He said in the post: “I have decided to end my international career. The sequence is ready.
He continued: “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 will miss you”.
Although fellow Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne had said the team had no chance of winning the World Cup this year saying the team is “too old”, the expectations of the world number two national football team exceeded the output in the group. scenery.
Hazard was the captain of the Belgian squad and played all three games for the European team in Group F. Belgium beat Canada, lost to Morocco and drew 0-0 with Croatia to finish third in the group.
The 31-year-old made his international debut in 2008, netting 33 times in 126 appearances. He helped Belgium reach the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup, where they lost to eventual champions France and beat England in a playoff for third place.
Belgium coach Roberto Martínez also resigned after disappointing start in Qatar
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