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Martinez appoints captain ahead of Belgium-Spain match

10:34 01/09/2016

Roberto Martinez, the new trainer of the Belgian Red Devils, is preparing for his debut match this evening as Belgium takes on Spain in Brussels' King Baudouin Stadium. In the absence of Vincent Kompany, fans were more than curious who Martinez would appoint as captain, reads the website VoetbalNieuws.

With plently of suitable candidates, such as Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Thibaut Courtois and Axel Witsel, the choice was not an easy one for Martinez. But the former Everton coach yesterday announced that he had selected Eden Hazard as captain. "@hazardeden10 will be our captain tomorrow,” Martinez tweeted, followed by the hashtags #tousensemble and #belesp.

With the decision, Martinez follows the example of the team's previous trainer, Marc Wilmots, who also made Hazard captain of the Red Devils during the European Championship. Hazard performed well at Euro 2016, and is off to a strong start this season at Chelsea.

Written by Robyn Boyle