Hazard: Belgium must qualify for World Cup

The new Blues favourite believes his national side has the talent to perform on the international stage but warns they must qualify for the 2014 tournament in Brazil

New Chelsea star Eden Hazard insists qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is a must for his native Belgium.

Hazard, who signed for the European Champions for £32 million in the summer, believes his national side have the quality to qualify for the World Cup, but need to start performing on the pitch.

Belgium’s qualifying campaign begins with clashes against Wales and Croatia, and Hazard believes his side need a good start to give them a chance of reaching Brazil.

Hazard told Belgian paper Le Suir: “We have talked enough. It's time for action now. The talent is here, we know that. But we have to show that with results.

“It's all or nothing and we absolutely have to qualify for the World Cup. We have to gain at least four points against Wales and Croatia.”

Hazard has faced criticism in recent times for failing to replicate his scintillating club form on the international stage, but he insists he is satisfied with his performances.

He added: “I think I have played some good matches for Belgium. At club level I may be more decisive, but that's normal. It's not possible to score three goals in every match, but people do expect that."