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Hazard of Belgium retires from international competition.

Following his team’s World Cup group-stage elimination, 31-year-old Eden Hazard, the captain of Belgium, announced his retirement from international soccer.

The forward participated in all three of Belgium’s Group F games but failed to score as the team finished third after defeating Canada, falling to Morocco, and drawing 0-0 with Croatia.

In 126 appearances since making his international debut in 2008, Hazard has scored 33 goals. He aided Belgium in beating England in the third-place playoff and advancing to the 2018 World Cup semifinals, where they fell to eventual champions France.

“I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready,” Hazard wrote on Instagram.

“A page turns today… Thank you for your love. Thank you for your unparalleled support. Thank you for all this happiness shared since 2008… I will miss you.”

Roberto Martinez, the coach of second-ranked Belgium, announced his resignation on Thursday after the team’s disappointing performance in a tournament in Qatar.

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