Eden Hazard: Belgium ‘confidence is at an all-time high’

Belgium look to enhance their growing reputation as they prepare to take on Croatia in their World Cup qualifier in Brussels.

With the likes of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, Chelsea’s new arrival Eden Hazard and Zenit St Petersburg’s Axel Witsel – Belgium boast a squad that is the envy of many in world football.

Now the test for coach Marc Wilmots will be harnessing that talent together for a successful World Cup qualification.

After a 2-0 win over Wales, the ‘Red Devils’ face arguably the best side in their group – Croatia.

That will pitch Hazard against Luka Modric, and he knows how important this match is.

SOUNDBITE: (French), Eden Hazard:
“It’s true that we’ve started well. We won nine out of nine points in the three first matches – it is important to win. But the start to the season was a bit diminished by the defeat in the Super Cup. I think that our confidence is at an all-time high and we must play well in the next match to take maximum points.”

Belgium last qualified for a World Cup in 2002 – when they were knocked out by the next hosts, Brazil, in the second round.