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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Eden Hazard: Belgium have a golden generation to take to the World Cup

The Chelsea midfielder backs himself and his teammates to make an impact in Russia

Eden Hazard is confident that Belgium can make a big impact at the World Cup. Stephanie Lecocq / EPA
Eden Hazard is confident that Belgium can make a big impact at the World Cup. Stephanie Lecocq / EPA

While England's "Golden Generation" failed to live up to their potential, Belgium's have a real chance at lifting trophies, captain Eden Hazard has said.

Hazard will lead a powerful Belgium side at the World Cup boasting players from some of Europe's top sides, including Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

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In the 2000s, big things were expected from an England squad that included the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen but they never progressed past the quarter-finals at a major tournament.

"The golden generation you had in England, 10 years or 15 years ago, won nothing. Now I think the fans, journalists, all of Belgium, the country just want to win something. We have a golden generation," Hazard told reporters.

Belgium will face England in the final Group G match at the World Cup on June 28. They open their campaign against Panama on June 18 before meeting Tunisia.