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BREAKING: Eden Hazard announces retirement from international football at age 31

Former Chelsea player, Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from international football at age 31, after Belgium’s disastrous World Cup outing in Qatar. 

The decision was reportedly made after his nation’s elimination from the tournament following a 0-0 draw with Croatia on matchday three.

The Belgium team was grouped with Croatia, Morocco, and Canada in Group F. Despite the difficult group, Belgium had a chance to succeed, considering their talent.

Despite beating Canada, Belgium was beaten soundly 2-0 by Morocco and only managed a 0-0 draw against Croatia. After the disastrous World Cup, the former Chelsea star has announced he will no longer represent his country.

 

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In a statement released on social media, Hazard wrote: “A page turns today… 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….”

Hazard retires with 126 international caps for Belgium and an impressive tally of 33 goals and 36 assists.

After making his international debut in 2008, he went on to represent Belgium in three World Cups, two European Championships.

He played all but one match in the Belgian side that finished third in the 2018 World Cup and scored a fine goal in the 2-0 victory over England which secured the bronze medal. He also retires as the third most-capped player in his country’s history.

His retirement from international football also follows the resignation of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, who departed his role moments after his side were knocked out.

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