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FIFA World Cup 2022: Belgium captain Hazard keen to prove doubters wrong in Qatar to day

Eden Hazard believes he has a lot to offer Belgium at the World Cup and is confident he can prove his opponents wrong as the midfielder ruled out an impending departure from Real Madrid.

Entering the global showpiece for a third time, Hazard captains Belgium but barely featured for Real this season after falling out of favor under coach Carlo Ancelotti.

However, the 31-year-old compares the situation to the European Championship in 2020 when he also entered the competition with a lack of playing time.

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“I keep my smile,” he told reporters on Monday. “I have had a few difficult months in which I have not been able to gain much rhythm. Now I have to show that I can still do it. I don’t doubt it myself, but I understand that the outside world does.

“Just like with the last euro. I won minutes in the first matches and was there in the quarterfinals against Portugal. Our medical and technical staff will help me (be ready).

“Physically I feel good. Of course I miss rhythm, that’s why the last exhibition game against Egypt is (important). Then I want to be there for the first game (in Qatar).”

Belgium play a warm-up against Egypt in Kuwait on Friday and a fit and firing Hazard is key for coach Roberto Martinez to lead their so-called “Golden Generation”.

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“I have not suddenly lost my qualities. This will be my third World Cup and I want to show that Belgium can still count on its captain and that I want to give everything (for the team).

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“Together with a few other guys I have reached an age where you can drop out (from the team). But not before you go all out in Qatar.”

Belgium, who finished third at the 2018 World Cup, is in Group F and will begin its campaign against Canada on November 23, before taking on Morocco and Croatia.

“Our first focus should be on surviving the group stage,” said Hazard. “Then everything is possible if we give the maximum. Quarter-final, semi-final or even the final.”

He also reiterated that he does not intend to leave Madrid in January.

“I don’t want to leave Real. Maybe things look different (for me there) after the World Cup,” Hazard said.

Source: news.google.com

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