Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Romelu Lukaku looking forward to England friendly

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku is an eyeing an upset victory over England when his side take on the Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 2 June.

Lukaku is expected to spearhead Belgium’s attack, with Chelsea team-mates John Terry, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole possibly getting the nod for England.

“I’ve trained with John and Cahill at Chelsea so I feel like I’ve got a good idea of how they play. In terms of the rest of the defence, I’m not so sure, but I’ll be looking to take them on and score some goals,” said Lukaku.

“I’ve learnt a lot already from the likes of Frank [Lampard] in training and I’m disappointed for him that he will be missing out on the tournament. However, I’m looking forward to playing against my other team-mates at Wembley – it should be a great occasion for both sides.”

The former R.S.C. Anderlecht talisman also revealed that he expects England to do very well at the 2012 European Championships, citing that the spotlight is on the other teams, including Holland, Germany and Spain.

Belgium did not qualify for Euro 2012, but they have a great chance to reach the 2014 World Cup finals, with the likes of Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Moussa Dembele, Thomas Vermaelen and Lukaku in their side.

Now then, Lukaku’s future with the national team looks bright, but his club future is up in the air at the moment.

The Blues striker did not get a proper first-team chance last season. In fact, Lukaku started just four matches in all competitions for the European champions, none of which came in the UEFA Champions League.

With that said, Lukaku is eyeing a fresh start next season, and hopes to be a regular in Chelsea’s starting XI.

“The Champions League win was amazing and the buzz around the club has been exciting to see,” Lukaku continued.

“I feel like I’ve had some good experience with the reserves this year and my goal for next season is to play in the first team and be part of the starting 11.”

Unfortunately, the Belgian doesn’t look as if he’ll get a proper chance to start for Chelsea next season.

The English Premier League giants have already signed fellow Belgian starlet Eden Hazard, and are reportedly chasing the signature of FC Porto forward Hulk.

In addition, the Blues still have Fernando Torres on their books. All things considered, Lukaku may have to suffer through another frustrating bench-ridden campaign in 2012-13.


Shawn Etemadi



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