Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Romelu Lukaku: 'Now or never for Belgium golden generation'

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Jennie Wade | 28 June, 2018, 15:47

Romelu Lukaku earned plaudits for both his finishing and his sportsmanship during Belgium's dismantling of Tunisia today as he scored a brace in a convincing 5-2 victory. "In front of goal he was as clinical as you might expect".

Becoming the joint top-scorer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and setting the pace early might be one thing, but what has stood out with Lukaku is his contribution during the build-up and the striker's greed to get into goalscoring positions, and burying it when he has a sniff.

He also has back-to-back games with at least two goals.

Toni Kroos rescued holders Germany from the brink of an unthinkable early World Cup exit here Saturday, curling home a sensational victor in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Sweden. With qualification ensured, some of those players may now be rested for the England game, especially Lukaku who is nursing an ankle ligament injury.

The Ivorian revealed he has been giving the Belgian on-field advice, and it seems to be paying dividends with two calm and collected finishes against Tunisia, meaning Belgium top Group G on six points with England facing Panama tomorrow to try and level the tally up.

These were Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku's words as he recently documented his moving life story of struggle, grit, guts, audacity, and the glory that came with it.

But Belgians are wary, having started tournaments strongly before only to fail, as they did at the last World Cup and at Euro 2016, in the quarter-finals.

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Also, fringe squad members can get game time when the pressure is off, in case they are needed unexpectedly when it really counts down the road.

"It's just look at the next game, be calm and see what's going to happen".

It's not just Belgium's starting XI who have impressed. No midfield contest pitching Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City on Belgium's side against Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and Jesse Lingard of Manchester United on England's.

"I think Rom knows now what his role is, like I hope every other player does on the pitch, because that's the only way we can become a team. The one he does score, it's very hard".

"It's different. If we'd been facing each other to qualify for the World Cup knock-out phase it would have been a lot more emotional", the Spaniard said.

Who would you pick for England?

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