Attacking midfielder or winger Hazard made his Belgium debut in 2008 at the age of 17, and since then has amassed 126 caps while tallying 33 goals. His choice was made after Belgium was eliminated from the World Cup in the group round.
“A page turns today,” said the Real Madrid player. “Thank you for your love [and] for your unparalleled support.” He further stated on his Instagram account, “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 was a member of the team that advanced to the 2018 World Cup semifinals, where they faced France and lost 1-0. After that, they beat England to finish third.
The Belgian entered the game against Luxembourg as a substitute, becoming the eighth-youngest player for his nation. Additionally, he led the squad 56 times and played in three World Cups and two European Championships.
Hazard participated in all three of Belgium’s World Cup matches in Qatar, although the team only managed to score once, in a 1-0 victory over Canada. Morocco defeated them 2-0, and they tied Croatia 0-0. Following their exit, Belgium’s manager Roberto Martinez announced his resignation on Thursday.
2019 saw Hazard’s anticipated £150 million transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid. At Stamford Bridge for seven years, he won the Europa League twice, the FA Cup once, the EFL Cup once, and the Premier League twice.