The Manchester City Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne takes over the Belgium captaincy from Real Madrid player, Eden Hazard ahead of their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. The former Chelsea Player announced his retirement from international football in December in after Belgium were eliminated in the group-stages at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
De Bruyne who has 97 caps for his county and will be tasked with the burden of leadership under the guidance of new Belgium coach Domenico Tedesco after the Roberto Martinez’s reign ended with the world cup elimination .
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Romelu Lukaku, on loan at Inter from Chelsea, have been named as vice-captains.
Speaking to RTL-TVI television after the announcement, The Manchester City Star with 25 goals at the international level said; “It’s an honour for me to be named and represent the country in this way. I’m almost 32. I’ve never considered international retirement. I think I can still bring something to the table and help the youngsters.”