June 8, 2018 / 6:25 AM / 6 months ago

Soccer: Belgium's 'golden generation' set for success: Hazard

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Belgium vs Portugal - King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium - June 2, 2018 Belgium's Eden Hazard in action REUTERS/Eric Vidal

(Reuters) - While England’s “Golden Generation” failed to live up to their potential, Belgium’s have a real chance at lifting trophies, captain Eden Hazard has said.

Hazard will lead a powerful Belgium side at the World Cup boasting players from some of Europe’s top sides, including Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

In the 2000s, big things were expected from an England squad that included the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen but they never progressed past the quarter-finals at a major tournament.

“The golden generation you had in England, 10 years or 15 years ago, won nothing. Now I think the fans, journalists, all of Belgium, the country just want to win something. We have a golden generation,” Hazard told reporters.

Belgium will face England in the final Group G match at the World Cup on June 28. They open their campaign against Panama on June 18 before meeting Tunisia.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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