Eden Hazard aiming to prove doubters wrong: Want to show that Belgium can still count on its captain

Belgium skipper Eden Hazard is out to prove his doubters wrong at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Hazard has struggled for game time as his season has been marred by injuries.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 14, 2022 23:33 IST

Hazard is hoping to make an impact with Belgium at the World Cup (Courtesy: Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: Belgium skipper Eden Hazard is aiming to prove his doubters wrong and prove that his national team can count on its skipper at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Hazard comes into the tournament on the back of another season troubled by injuries which has seen him get less game time. However, Hazard optimistic about making an impact at the World Cup and compared his situation to the Euro 2020.

“I’m keeping my smile,” he told reporters on Monday, as quoted by Reuters. “I’ve had a difficult few months where I haven’t been able to gain much rhythm. I now have to show that I can still do it. I don’t doubt it myself, but I understand that the outside world does.”

“Just like at the last Euros. I gained minutes in the first matches and was there in the quarter-final against Portugal. Our medical and technical staff will help me (be ready).”

“I feel good physically. Of course, I miss rhythm, that’s why the last practice match against Egypt (is important). Then I want to be there for the first match (in Qatar).”

Belgium will play Egypt in a warm-up match on Friday and Hazard wants to set the pace for the World Cup and show Belgium can depend on its captain.

“I have not suddenly lost my qualities. This will be my third World Cup and I want to show that Belgium can still count on its captain and that I want to give everything (for the team).

“Together with a few other boys, I have reached an age where you can drop out (of the team). But not before going all out in Qatar first.”

“Our first focus should be on surviving the group stage,” Hazard said. “Then anything is possible if we give the maximum. Quarter-final, semi-final or even the final.”

Hazard also said he has no plans to leave his club Real Madrid in January.

“I don’t want to leave Real. Maybe things will look different (for me there) after the World Cup,” Hazard said.

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