Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from the Belgian National team days after they were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage.
The announcement was made via Hazard's social media page on Wednesday, December 7, marking the end of a 14-year-stint with the national team.
The Real Madrid midfielder has left his international duty with 69 goal contributions and 126 games played for the Belgian Red Devils.
"A page turns today," Hazard stated in his statement before thanking his fans for the support they have accorded him.
"Thank you for your unapparelled support. Thank you for all the happiness shared since 2008. I have decided to put an end to my international career,” read the statement in part.
Hazard went on to note that the Belgian National team already has an available talent who will take over from him with his departure.
The 31-year-old has been serving as the Red Devil's captain during the ongoing FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with the team failing to go past the group stage.
He made his Belgium debut as a 17-year-old on November 19, 2008, and has worn the captain's armband on 56 occasions for Belgium.
The Belgium federation thanked the Real Madrid forward for his service and wished him success in his future endeavors
Hazard will continue to focus on his career with the Los Blancos where he has struggled to get into the first 11 due to his recurring injuries.