Eden Hazard believes Belgium’s 2022 World Cup squad is ‘weaker’ than the one which completed third in 2018, but in addition claims this 12 months’s squad has higher younger prospects.
The 31-year-old, who has made 123 appearances for his nation since making his debut in 2008, will participate in his third World Cup this winter.
Hazard was a part of Belgium’s ‘Golden Technology’ of the 2010s, that includes expertise comparable to Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele.
A lot of the key gamers from this technology are getting older, nevertheless, main many to recommend that the Crimson Devils won’t be as profitable as they have been in Russia 4 years in the past.
“It’s no secret. We’re weaker than in 2018, however now we have higher youth than in Russia,” Hazard advised L’Equipe.
“Something can occur. The standard is there. Typically in huge matches, this high quality could make the distinction.”
He added: “Actual was not the one favourites within the Champions League, however Karim (Benzema) scored the necessary targets and Thibaut (Courtois) stopped every little thing. It was the dream 12 months.
“For Belgium, now we have Kevin (De Bruyne) who’s within the high 3 within the world. One of the best goalkeeper within the world. I’ve performed with him for ten years and I’ve at all times mentioned the identical factor about him.
“We have now improbable gamers, nevertheless it’s a bit extra sophisticated collectively. If Romelu performs, we’re nearly positive to attain and now we have a superb medical and technical workers.”
Hazard’s feedback could properly come as a shock to each Belgium supporters and supervisor Roberto Martinez, who takes cost of the facet for his third worldwide match.
They kick off their World Cup towards Canada in Group F on Wednesday.