Eden Hazard has revealed that Belgium assistant coach, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, was his childhood hero.

The Chelsea star is away on international duty with the Belgium national side and revealed that the Frenchman was his hero growing up, claiming that’s it’s great to work with him.

“He likes us to pass the ball and we want to win our qualifying group,” Hazard said.

“It’s always good to have a legend like Thierry Henry on the staff.

“I watched him a lot as a kid and he’s one of my heroes so it’s great to have the chance to work with him.”

Henry was a surprise appointment by new Belgium boss, Roberto Martinez. He’d recently left Arsenal after refusing to give up his career as a Sky Sports pundit but wasted no time snapping up the job, which will allow him to still comment on the Premier League while also occupying a coaching role elsewhere.

To be fair, there are numerous players from opposition clubs that probably worshipped Henry in their youth. He was one of the world’s best footballers playing for one of the most renowned clubs in Europe at the time. Every player, young or old, knows who he is. Therefore, him being Hazard’s childhood hero isn’t exactly unusual.