Belgium’s first-choice skipper Vincent Kompany is currently out injured and will miss Sunday’s friendly against France in Paris and next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.
Chelsea star Hazard is set to lead Wilmots’ side out in both games following Kompany’s injury struggles and in the wake of his eye-catching displays for the Blues this season.
Wilmots told Belgian broadcaster RTBF: “Earlier I had the trio of Kompany, [Thomas] Vermaelen and [Jan] Vertonghen [for the national team’s captaincy].
“Thomas Vermaelen has had some problems in the last two years.
“Eden himself has changed enormously. It’s a choice. He already knew I was not going to wait until the game against France to tell you [about his promotion to Belgium’s vice-captaincy].”
Hazard scored 14 goals and made nine assists in the Premier League to help Chelsea win their fourth top-flight title this season.
He also netted twice in the League Cup as Mourinho’s men secured a cup and league double in the Portuguese coach’s second season back at Stamford Bridge.
The playmaker was rewarded for his fine displays by being crowned the PFA player of the year award and also being named as Chelsea’s player of the season.
Hazard has 56 Belgium caps to his name and has scored seven goals for his country at senior level.
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