‘We have always been more supporters of France than Belgium’: Eden Hazard reveals his split childhood loyalties ahead of the World Cup semi-final

Eden Hazard has revealed he supported France growing up ahead of playing them with Belgium.

The Chelsea forward helped his nation to the World Cup semi-finals on Friday evening as Hazard and his team-mates managed to overcome favourites Brazil in a 2-1 victory.

But there might be split loyalties for Hazard after he admitted he followed Les Blues after their victory in the competition in 1998.

The 27-year-old grew in a French-speaking are in Belgium and has had a long association with the country, having joined Lille as a 14-year-old.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s crunch clash, Hazard admitted: ‘With my brothers, we have always been more supporters of France than Belgium because we grew up with ’98.

‘At the time, there wasn’t the jersey of Belgium, that’s why we wore the one of France.

‘I do not want to denigrate the Belgium team of the time, there were very good players, but at that time, it was France.’

Even now, Hazard has players in the France side he admires, not least wonderkid Kylian Mbappe.

He continued: ‘I have a lot of respect for what he’s doing.

‘If Mbappe was watching videos of me when he was younger, now it’s me watching videos of him.

‘What he does is amazing, especially at his age. In modern football, we have never seen that.’

SOURCE: Dailymail.co.uk

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