In the absence of long-term captain Vincent Kompany, Belgium have announced that Eden Hazard is to be The Red Devils’ captain for the Euro 2016 tournament in France this summer.
Despite having a dreadful season, the 25-year-old will see himself leading out his country when they play their first match in Lyon against Italy on 13th June. The Chelsea winger only managed to score 4 goals in the Premier League this season, with the first of them coming April. However, clearly Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has deemed him the most suitable candidate for the role; perhaps somewhat due to his bright ending to the season.
Speaking about his recent appointment, Hazard told VooSport: “I am not much of a talker, but it’s clear whenever I am on the field, I try to take the lead, with or without the armband.” He went on to say that he will “always try to be a leader on the pitch“… clearly the man who cost Chelsea £30m is keen to try and prove his worth to the world this summer.