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

13:28  09 july  2018
13:28  09 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Belgiums Eden Hazard in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G Round 1 match against Panama at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi; Belgium wins 3-0. Yegor Aleyev/TASS © Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images Belgiums Eden Hazard in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G Round 1 match against Panama at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi; Belgium wins 3-0. Yegor Aleyev/TASS

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.

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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.

a group of people posing for the camera: Eden Hazard (right) has admitted he supported semi-final opponents France growing up © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Eden Hazard (right) has admitted he supported semi-final opponents France growing up Eden Hazard smiling for the camera: Hazard showed off a fresh new trim ahead of the game against France as he took time to relax © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hazard showed off a fresh new trim ahead of the game against France as he took time to relax

'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.'

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

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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.'

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