Belgium have a current crop of players that are being regarded as their golden generation, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among a great number of Belgian talents.
Much has been expected of this Belgium team, but little has been delivered in big competitions, and Hazard compared the Belgian crop to England’s supposed golden generation which included Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Paul Scholes – who never made it past the quarter-finals of a major tournament.
But Hazard believes Group G rivals Belgium have what it takes to go all the way at the World Cup
“We know what we are,” said the Chelsea star.
“We are good players, we all play in the big games in England, in Italy and in Spain, so we know what to do.
“The golden generation thing – you have, 10 years or 15 years ago, this same golden generation in England, but you won nothing.
“Now I think the fans, journalists, all of Belgium, the country just want to win something. We have a golden generation, we just want to win something now.
“Maybe we can be different to England – we will see.
“Of course we are very excited about the World Cup, like always.
“We start the first game in 10 days, so we just want to be there and playing. We are in preparation, but we will be ready for the World Cup when it starts.”