The Enemy Within: Hazard, Henry and Belgium’s Plot to Oust France

Belgium's forward Eden Hazard (L) is congratulated by Thierry Henry, Belgium's second assistant coach, during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Brazil and Belgium at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6, 2018. - Belgium beat World Cup favourites Brazil 2-1 on Friday to set up a semi-final against France in Saint Petersburg. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)JEWEL SAMAD/Getty Images

Eden Hazard assimilated himself into Lille’s youth setup so smoothly that some of his team-mates did not even realise he was from Belgium.

“We were all French in the group and he was always hanging around with us. I thought he was French,” Yannis Salibur, Hazard’s former Lille team-mate, told L’Equipe this week.

“I only found out he was Belgian when he said ‘nonante‘ [the Belgian French word for ‘ninety’].”

Hazard joined Lille’s academy at the age of 14, with his decision strongly influenced by the fact that his family home in the Belgian town of Braine-le-Comte, 20 miles southwest of Brussels, would be just a short hop across the border.

As a youngster, Hazard adored Zinedine Zidane and would

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