Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard’s form ahead of the World Cup has sparked a feverish debate in his home country where one former international has called for the Chelsea star to be dropped.
Belgium have been tipped as a team who could upset the favourites at the World Cup.
But two-time World Cup veteran Marc Degryse says the 23-year-old Hazard looked worryingly distracted during two warm up games for their Group H campaign against Russia, South Korea and Algeria.
Belgian coach Marc Wilmots should have a sharp word with Hazard, despite in his goal in Belgium’s 2-0 win over Sweden last Sunday, said Degryse, who played with Wilmots in the national side.
His criticism echoed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after Chelsea lost 3-1 at home to Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
“He has to work harder defensively,” said the 48-year-old Degryse, who scored 23 times in 63 appearances for Belgium.
“Against Sweden he switched off several times, just like he did in the Champions League for Chelsea against Atletico Madrid.
“If that doesn’t change Wilmots will have to resolve it by dropping him.”