After World Cup embarrassment: Belgium top star resigns Sports

The crash landing of the Red Devils has consequences…

After Belgium’s embarrassing World Cup elimination in the group stage, the team’s first top star is taking the consequences: Captain Eden Hazard (31) has ended his national team career.

The Real Madrid midfielder announced his decision on Instagram on Wednesday, writing: “The tide is turning today… Thank you for your love. Thank you for your unparalleled support. Thank you for all the happiness we shared since 2008. I have decided to end my international career. The successor is settled. I will miss you.”

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Hazard made his debut for the Belgium national team in November 2008 at the age of 17. Now, after a total of 126 international matches and 33 goals, it’s over. Bitter: The striker, who belongs to the “golden generation” of desire, has not won a major title with the national team.

Belgium still missed out on the 2010 World Cup and EURO 2012, although the country subsequently made it to at least the quarter-finals in every tournament up to this year, but never achieved great success. Third place at the World Cup in Russia four and a half years ago was the greatest success.

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After the early end in the group phase, a big change is imminent. Coach Roberto Martínez had already announced his end as coach of the Rode Duivels immediately after the last group game against Croatia (0:0). In addition, the team in Qatar was overaged and divided. Hazard’s resignation will not be the last after the WM stay.

In Qatar, Hazard started the first two group games against Canada (1-0) and Morocco (0-2) but failed to impress. The result: In the decisive game against Croatia (0-0), Coach Martinez put him on the bench, it was only enough for a short assignment.

Out with the national team – and things aren’t going well for Hazard at the club either. The Belgian has featured in just six games at Real Madrid this season. His departure at Los Blancos is expected soon…

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