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Hazard retires from Int´l football

Published : 08 Dec 2022, 14:47

  DF News Desk

Eden Hazard of Belgium reacts during the Group F match against Morocco at the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 27, 2022. File Photo: Xinhua by Wang Dongzhen.

Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard has retired from international football after the team's elimination from the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, reported Xinhua.

The 31-year-old was capped 126 times for the European team and scored 33 goals over an international career that spanned more than 14 years.

"A page turns today," said the Real Madrid player in a social media post. "Thank you for your love [and] for your unparalleled support."

"Thank you for all this happiness since 2008. I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready. I will miss you."

Hazard, whose contract with Real Madrid expires in 2024, was a part of Belgium's so-called golden generation that reached the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The team failed to impress in Qatar, missing a berth in the tournament's knockout stage after finishing third in their group behind Morocco and Croatia.