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Wilmots sees Hazard as a potentially-decisive figure for Belgium against the USA, but only if he can reveal some of his undoubted quality.
"Eden wants to do more, he can bring us more," the coach said. "Everyone knows that. So now I'm just waiting to see it and I'm not trying to put any pressure on him. I would like him to be a leader on the pitch even if he is just 23."
Belgium were occasionally lacklustre in attack during the group stage, but Wilmots is confident that Hazard can inject some much-needed quality to the Europeans’ attack.
"He can dictate the game, find the overlaps and score goals," Wilmots said.
"That's what he told me when we talked about it. But between saying and doing there is always a gap. And there is the opponent: will he leave you enough space?
"He was very dangerous against Algeria. I'm counting on him - and so is Belgium - but I think it's all together that we will find the solution."