Belgium star Eden Hazard ‘is considering international RETIREMENT’ after World Cup group stage elimination… with out-of-favour winger also ‘exploring options away from Real Madrid for next summer’
Belgium winger Eden Hazard is considering retirement from international football after his side crashed out of the World Cup group stages.
The Red Devils failed to progress to the knockout rounds of the competition after finishing behind both Morocco and Croatia in Group F and Hazard’s contribution to their campaign was minimal.
And with the winger unlikely to feature at another major tournament for his national side, there is a chance he will step away from the team in the near future.
Eden Hazard will reportedly consider his international future in the coming days
The Belgium winger was dropped to the bench for their must-win game against Croatia
According to HLN, the 31-year-old will make a decision over his international career in the coming days after his side were eliminated from the World Cup.
The former Chelsea winger has been an undeniable success for his national side across his 14 years in the first-team and went on to make 126 appearances since his 2008 debut.
His 33 international goals place him second on their all-time top goalscorers list – behind his former Blues team-mate Romelu Lukaku.
On top of retirement from the national side, the same outlet report that Hazard is also considering a change in his domestic football career.
The 31-year-old was allowed a three minute cameo in Belgium’s final group stage match
Having struggled with breaking into Madrid’s starting line-up this year, Hazard is reportedly considering his future at the Santiago Bernabéu.
In the lead up to the World Cup, the 31-year-old featured just three times in LaLiga for Carlos Ancelotti’s side and failed to provide a single goal contribution.
It perhaps explains for his somewhat underwhelming performances in Qatar which eventually saw him get dropped by national coach Roberto Martinez for Belgium’s final group game against Croatia.
He was allowed just a three minute cameo in the game despite his side needing a goal to stand a chance of progressing in the tournament.
The 31-year-old has made just three appearances for Los Blancos in first-half of the season
After the Red Devils were eliminated from the competition, national team boss Martinez stepped down from his role in what he described as an ’emotional’ moment.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Martinez said: ‘That was my last game with the national team and it was emotional as you can imagine.
‘I always work towards long-term projects and they need to be set in advance. That was always the plan’.
Roberto Martinez confirmed he will step down as Belgium boss after World Cup elimination