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World Cup 2018: 5 pairs of clubmates who will go head-to-head in the group stage

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#2 Eden Hazard - Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League - Emirates Stadium
Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard play for Chelsea at the club level

Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill joined Premier League big guns Chelsea back in 2012 and have been teammates ever since. During their six years at the club, the two have led the Blues to the Premier League title twice, the UEFA Europa League, the English League Cup and most recently the FA Cup.

However, the longtime clubmates will have to keep their friendship aside as they sport the colours of their respective nations.

Hazard will be wearing the number 10 jersey and also the captain's armband for Belgium at the World Cup. The Red Devils have got a young but experienced side in their hands and could possibly challenge for the trophy if the likes of Hazard are on top of their form.

Gary Cahill won't be captaining his team England like his clubmate but will prove to be a leader at the back for the Three Lions. The centre-back along with Manchester United's Ashley Young are the oldest players in the 23-man squad named by manager Gareth Southgate. The 32-year-old is expected to be one of England's first choice centre-backs in the tournament.

Belgium and England, who are placed in group G, will go head-to-head on the 28th of June.

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Published 05 Jun 2018, 03:56 IST
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