Blues winger Eden Hazard has been included in Belgium’s 25-man-squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece – despite the fact that he is yet to play in the Premier League this season, reports Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old has been out since June after injuring his ankle for Belgium in a 3-3 draw against Russia and has failed to feature in a competitive match for Chelsea this season.
Yet, despite not having played a single minute of the new Premier League this season, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has asked Hazard to make himself available for selection against Gibraltar next week.
Following the news that his injured player had been selected for international duty, Antonio Conte admitted his surprise at the decision, suggesting that the Belgium manager did not speak to the Chelsea manager before making his decision.
“I found out the news 20 minutes ago and I’m a bit surprised by this decision,” Conte told Sky Sports. “I was a coach with the Italy team and I respect the decision of the other coach.
As well as Hazard, fellow Chelsea players Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi were called up to the Belgium squad for next week’s round of international fixtures.