Eden Hazard announces his retirement after Belgium’s World Cup exit

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Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has announced his decision to retire from international football following Belgium’s early World Cup exit.

A post from Hazard on Instagram read: “A page turns today… Thank you for your love. Thank you for your unparalleled support. Thank you for all this happiness shared since 2008.

“I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready. I will miss you.”

Hazard made his senior debut for Belgium in 2008 and went on to feature at five major tournaments for the national side.

The 31-year-old was capped 126 times by Belgium, while his last appearance for the national team came as a late substitute in the 0-0 draw with Croatia last week, which resulted in Belgium being eliminated at the group stage of the World Cup.