Eden Hazard: Former Chelsea star retires from international football

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Belgium captain, Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from international football.

The 31-year-old made the announcement following Belgium’s early exit from the 2022 World Cup.

In an Instagram post, 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.”

The former Chelsea forward was capped 126 times by his country and his last appearance for the national team came as a late substitute in the 0-0 draw with Croatia last week, which resulted in his side being eliminated at the group stage.

Hazard had struggled for playing time ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. He has started just two games for Real Madrid since the season started in August.

And now Hazard has made the decision to focus solely on club football for the remainder of his career.