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Belgium’s Eden Hazard to shine in this summer’s European Championship

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, European Championships 6 Jun 2016

Belgium national team manager Marc Wilmots said star wringer Eden Hazard was fortunate to avoid being substituted after the player's uninspiring performance against Cyprus on Sunday.

Belgium’s Eden Hazard finally returning to form in time for the 2016 European Championships.

Belgium forward Eden Hazard scored in the national team’s pre-Euro 2016 friendly win over Norway, and looks in fantastic shape ahead of the summer tournament.

After a difficult season with Chelsea, Hazard has come into some fantastic form right at the tail-end of the campaign, and has picked up where he left off with Belgium to put himself in a good position to shine on the grand stage.

Hazard finally back in form after a disappointing season

The 25-year-old scored and created seven goals in 25 Premier League starts last season, suffering a dramatic dip in form considering he was coming off the back of winning the title as the PFA Player of the Year. Eden Hazard picked up in the last few months of the season, scoring and assisting eight goals in his last 10 games in all competitions, and is Belgium captain going into the Euros.

He’s committed his club future to Chelsea and can now fully focus on representing his country. Belgium are among the favourites to go all the way in the tournament given the top-class talent they have all over the park, and Hazard will be a key player in the side too. He’s scored five goals in his last eight games for the Rode Duivels, and looks to be bearing the burden as captain in perfect fashion.

Hazard still the fulcrum in a top Belgium side

Belgium have a wide array of talent in the squad, but Hazard will promise goals if he’s in good form. He’s been keen for his country to right their past wrongs from the 2014 World Cup, rallying the troops to showcase some consistency to finally realise their potential. The last two years have seen Hazard at his most prolific for his country, and Belgium’s squad is certainly good enough to challenge for the Euro 2016 crown too.

Boasting blistering acceleration, fantastic dribbling abilities, high levels of creativity, and an eye for goal in the final third, Eden Hazard would get into any side around the world. His recent form is sure to see him light up the European Championships, and with the responsibility of captain will have the country’s expectations on his shoulders. Hazard can score goals, create chances, and can play in any position in attack, while being one of many stars in the Belgium team who many are predicting to impress.

Belgium are 10/1 to in Euro 2016 this summer. Will Eden Hazard be the key factor in their success?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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