Hazard: Belgium have talent to win World Cup

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Thorgan, brother of Chelsea star Eden, insists that he and his team-mates are good enough to lift the trophy in Russia

Thorgan Hazard insists Belgium have the talent to win the World Cup.

Roberto Martinez's side head to Russia to face England, Tunisia and Panama in Group G.

There is a minimum expectation placed upon a Belgium side that boasts the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Thorgan's brother, Eden, Jan Vertonghen, Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku, with the nation seen as dark horses in a tournament field that includes several star-studded national teams.

Chelsea star Hazard claimed earlier this week that the Red Devils' so-called 'Golden Generation' will mean little if the team cannot win a major trophy, and his brother, who currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach, agrees that the players have the ability to lift the trophy.

"It's going to be difficult, but it's possible we'll become world champions, we have the players and the coaching staff for it, some of us play in the best clubs in the world and are in the top of the league," he told t-online.

Thorgan is also looking forward to playing alongside his sibling, with Eden seen as integral to his country's chances of reaching the latter stages of the tournament.

"I'm always happy to be able to play with him, we do not meet so often," he added.

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"It's a great honour to wear the jersey of Belgium, the feeling is just different, it makes me very proud and I'm finally allowed to play in perhaps the best Belgian national team of all time."

Although Belgium will take on an England side buoyed by excellent friendly performances under Gareth Southgate, Hazard insists that he and his team-mates are favourites to win their group.

"We are certainly favourites, but I would not consider ourselves a top favourite (for the trophy) as other countries have more experience," he said.