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EDEN HAZARD ADMITS HE GREW UP SUPPORTING FRANCE AS BELGIUM TAKE ON LES BLUES IN WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL

EDEN HAZARD ADMITS HE GREW UP SUPPORTING FRANCE AS BELGIUM TAKE ON LES BLUES IN WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side are set to take on France in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday

Eden Hazard is one of Belgium’s great hopes to lift the World Cup for the first time – but the Chelsea whizz was a FRANCE fan growing up.

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side are set to take on France in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.

It could be awkward for Hazard who idolised the 1998 winners – with stars such as Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira – along with fellow professional brothers Thorgan and Kylian, A picture of the trio has been unearthed with them all wearing Zidane’s No.10 shirt.

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“I grew up with 1998. We were maybe more France fans than Belgium at the time,” Hazard told Bein Sport.

Kylian, Thorgan et Eden Hazard avec un maillot Zidane de l’équipe de France lorsqu’ils étaient enfants :-)#FRABEL

— Xavi McBeal (@XaviMcBeal) 10:46 PM – Jul 6, 2018

Hazard is also in admiration of the 2018 version of the France team, in particular a mutual love-in with teen sensation Kylian Mbappe and Blues teammate N’Golo Kante.

“Mbappe? I have spoken to him on the phone quite a few times,” Hazard said.

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“He watched footage of me when he was a kid. Now I watch footage of him! I have mad respect for what he does at his age. In modern football, it’s unheard of.

“I play all year with N’Golo Kante. He is the best in the world in his position.

“When he is at his best, you have a 95 per cent chance to win the game.”

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EDEN HAZARD ADMITS HE GREW UP SUPPORTING FRANCE AS BELGIUM TAKE ON LES BLUES IN WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL