As Belgium gear up for their semi-final clash against France on Tuesday, their captain and star player Eden Hazard admits that he supported France rather than his country when he was a child.
He added that he grew up watching the French side which won the 1998 World Cup and consisted of stars players including Zinedine Zidane and Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry.
“With my brothers, we have always been more supporters of France than Belgium because we grew up with 98,” He said in a pre-match press conference.
“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.”
This picture shows Hazard and his brothers wearing the French National team jersey during the 1998 World Cup.
After everything is said and done, Hazard will have to forget his old allegiances and play out of his skin to lead his side to a victory against France as his team depends on him.