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Belgium News: Hazard demands World Cup challenge

1 year ago

In the latest Belgium news, captain Eden Hazard has insisted the time is right for the Red Devils to challenge for major international success.

Belgium will head into this summer’s World Cup possessing arguably one of the most talented squads in the whole competition, with the likes of Chelsea ace Hazard, as well as Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku all in good form.

However, expectations have been high going into Belgium’s last two major tournaments, but they failed to live up to that billing as they were dumped out at the quarter-final stage of both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

Hazard is now hoping to avoid similar disappointment this time around and he insists the time is now for Roberto Martinez’ side, who are priced at 10/1 to win the World Cup with Ladbrokes, to fulfil their potential.

“I think that we are all in top shape,” Hazard told reporters. “Kevin at Manchester City, Romelu at Manchester United, me at Chelsea, Thibaut [Courtois] at Chelsea.

“We all play in great clubs, we all had good seasons. So if we want to do something great, it is now. The time isn’t in one, two or four years. I think now is the moment to be together and do something great.”

Hazard also believes that the strength in depth within Belgium’s squad means there is no overreliance on individual players.

“There is no ‘Eden Hazard dependence’. We have 23 players who can play,” the 27-year-old said. “Obviously, I am in good shape. I can score and be decisive in the group. There is always a player who is more in the spotlight than the others. It’s normal.”

Belgium have been drawn in Group G for the finals where they will face Panama, Tunisia and England and are due to play their final warm-up fixture against Costa Rica on Monday evening.