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Belgium confirm Eden Hazard’s replacement as team captain

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The Red Devils embark on a new era this week after the departures of manager Roberto Martinez and captain Eden Hazard.

Kevin De Bruyne has replaced Eden Hazard as captain of the Belgium national team.

The 31-year-old midfielder takes over the armband from Hazard, who announced his international retirement in December following Belgium’s group-stage exit at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, will serve as vice-captains.

De Bruyne will lead the team for the first time under new manager Domenico Tedesco on Friday away to Sweden for the opening game of their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign in Group F.

The Manchester City star has won 97 caps for Belgium since making his debut in 2010, managing 25 goals and 46 assists.