Belgian boss makes Eden Hazard threat - Chelsea star has no guarantees

Eden Hazard Dribbling

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots wants to keep Eden Hazard on his toes.

Belgium head into the World Cup under huge expectation, at their first finals since 2002.

The 'golden generation' of players, a poisoned chalice of a description as any England fan will tell you, is led by Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

Yet coach Marc Wilmots, a veteran of the 2002 side himself, is offering the £32 million man no guarantees over his place.

He told reporters as quoted in the Belgian press: "I've seen what you have seen. Nobody guarantees that he starts the game. Also Hazard no. Each player is perfectly replaceable."

Hazard often found himself overshadowed in qualification by Kevin de Bruyne, now of Wolfsburg, but it is a new threat who is placing him under increased pressure to deliver.

Manchester United wonderkid Adnan Januzaj, 19, came on for Hazard in a recent friendly and was voted man-of-the-match by fans despite playing on 26 minutes, such is the excitement about his potential.

While we fully expect Hazard to start the tournament against Algeria, Wilmots' gentle reminder will serve to tell him that if he cannot live up to the hype, then Belgium are ready to replace him.

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