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Belgium News: Thorgan keen to escape brother’s shadow

1 year ago

In the latest Belgium news, Thorgan Hazard insists he is heading to the World Cup to make a name for himself.

After being on standby in 2014 and for Euro 2016, the winger is keen to prove himself ahead of the 2018 World Cup, having been named ahead of Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Mirallas in Roberto Martinez’s preliminary squad.

Hazard has enjoyed another fine season in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach but remains in the shadow of his elder brother, Eden.

The 27-year-old scored the only goal as Chelsea beat Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final and is likely to be one of his country’s key men as they aim to conquer the world.

Belgium are 10/1 to win the World Cup with Paddy Power and, having fallen short in Brazil four years ago and at Euro 2016, the Red Devils are due to a strong performance.

If selected, the younger Hazard is likely to start on the bench but shares the same quick feet and intelligence as his brother, meaning Martinez could look to use him as an impact player against tiring defences.

At 25, the former Lens, Chelsea and Zulte Waregem star says he is determined to prove his worth to the team and is not aiming to simply be Eden’s “mental coach”.

“At the game level, this is my best season,” he told reporters. “I took on more responsibility on the field and the coach trusted me because he knows I can make a difference.

“I am more likely to be there than in 2014 and 2016. The coach knows that I can play in different positions.

“It’s a goal now, not many are lucky enough to go to a World Cup. I do not think the coach will take me to please Eden, I’m not here to be his mental coach.”