De Bruyne named the new captain of Belgium


Belgium has announced Kevin De Bruyne will serve as their new captain, taking over from Eden Harzard who retired from international football. 

De Bruyne replaces Eden Hazard, who announced his retirement from international football in December after Belgium’s group stage exit at the 2022 World Cup.

That defeat marked the end of Roberto Martinez’s tenure as manager, and De Bruyne will be tasked with leading the team under new coach Domenico Tedesco.


De Bruyne has 97 Belgium caps, scoring 25 goals.

Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid and Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan, who is on loan from Chelsea, have been named vice captains.

Belgium will begin their campaign to qualify for Euro 2024 against Sweden on Friday in Stockholm. They have also been assigned to Group F, which includes Austria, Azerbaijan, and Estonia.

Tedesco’s men will play a friendly against Euro 2024 hosts Germany on March 28.

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