Belguim captain, Eden Hazard has revealed that he was a huge supporter of the French 1998 world cup winning team while he was a kid, along with his brothers.
France and Belgium share a common border and Hazard grew up in the French-speaking area of Belgium and has had a long association with the country and played for Lille as a 14-year-old.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s semifinal battle, Hazard admitted: ‘With my brothers, we have always been more supporters of France than Belgium because we grew up with 98.
‘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.’
He also shares his thoughts concerning French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, saying: ‘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.’
The match between France and Belgium kicks off at 7 pm local time
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