Belgium captain, Eden Hazard, says that the Red Devils’ ‘golden generation’ need to improve on their performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in this year’s tournament in Qatar due to high expectations.
Belgium finished in third place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after defeating England 2-0 on July 14 at the Krestovsky Stadium.
Hazard tasks the ‘golden generation’ of Belgium to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“I have set the bar high, I have to try to do better than in 2018. It’ll be pretty tough because that was already pretty good,” Hazard told FIFA.com.
“I’m fortunate to be the captain of a great team and a big footballing nation, and so we owe it to ourselves to have high expectations.”
Hazard added: “There’s always talk of the ‘golden generation’, but there’s truth to it. We’ve spent almost 10 years together, now we’ve got younger players starting to come through.
“Of course, we’ve got an incredible generation of players but we still haven’t won anything. If we really want to earn that ‘golden generation’ nickname, I think that’s the one thing we still need to do.
“Our collective experience has definitely helped us in previous tournaments, so I hope we will continue in the same vein for some time yet.”
Hazard has scored 33 goals in 122 games for Belgium. He has one goal and one assist from five games in all competitions for Real Madrid so far this season.
Belgium are in Group F of the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Canada, Croatia, and Morocco.
The Red Devils finished fourth at Mexico ’86 World Cup after losing 4-2 to France on June 28 at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc.