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Eden Hazard announces decision on Belgium future

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After winning 126 caps for his country, the Real Madrid winger has pulled the curtain on his international career.

Belgium captain Eden Hazard has retired from international football.

The 31-year-old winger, who has been a member of the Red Devils squad since 2008, announced his decision on social media on Wednesday, six days after the national team’s group-stage exit at the World Cup.

“A page turns today…” Hazard posted on Instagram.

“Thank you for your love. Thank you for your unparalleled support. Thank you for all this happiness shared since 2008. I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready. I will miss you….”

What was Hazard’s record for Belgium?

The former Chelsea star made his international debut in a 1-1 friendly draw with Luxembourg in 2008. He won 126 caps for Belgium, scoring 33 goals and providing a further 36 assists.

Hazard formed a key part of the ‘Golden Generation’ that transformed Belgium into a powerhouse and led to a third-place World Cup finish under former manager Roberto Martinez in 2018.

His final appearance came in a three-minute cameo in last week’s 0-0 draw with Croatia, which condemned Belgium to a third-place finish in Group F of the 2022 World Cup and an early exit from the competition.