United React To Lukaku's World Cup Heroics With Outstanding Tweet

United React To Lukaku's World Cup Heroics With Outstanding Tweet

With both teams already certain of qualification, the only issue to be settled is who, when and where they play in the next round, with Group G's victor meeting Group H's runner-up in Rostov on July 2 and the Group G's second-placed team playing Group H's top team in Moscow a day later. At least not within earshot of Roberto Martinez, who rolls out the all-for-one, one-for-all mantra like a 17th century manager of Musketeers.

"I am delighted for Eden as well to come to the forefront too".

That was seconded by Didier Drogba, who was at the Blues when Lukaku arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2011.

Lukaku of course. Manchester United's no. 9 bagged his second straight brace to go level with Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals as leaders of the golden boot race. "He's gone ahead of some major, major names in English football history in terms of World Cup goals", Southgate said.

Add Kevin de Bruyne in the mix - someone who has been relegated to shadows (despite that wonderful ball to Hazard against Tunisia) so far courtesy of the imperious Lukaku and Hazard - linking-up play and slipping in balls that a striker can only dream of. The Group G runner-up plays the victor of Group H.

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The legendary Argentine forward has now also scored in three World Cups , and has played in four. Even victory could see them exit the tournament if Iceland beat Croatia by enough goals.

"Scoring goals in a tournament can be life-changing, career-changing", he told BBC Radio 5 live. "He did it again today and I'm happy I matched his performance".

England would obviously much rather face the Chelsea forward than Lukaku, but could actually face an easier route through the tournament should Belgium top the group depending on other results, such as Mexico beating South Korea. He is well out of hiding now and so obviously enjoying his work.

"In the last tournaments we set the bar so high then we didn't reach our objectives". So far it doesn't seem to matter what he does, he keeps getting better and better and with Hazzard, Kevin de Bruyne and Yannick Carrasco all in form, Belgium are joint top scorers in Russian Federation with 8 goals from just two games. "It's just the second game, we just need to keep improving", he said.

But more importantly, his two children with his ex-girlfriend live in Madrid with his footballing commitments in England having limited his ability to see them in person.

"In front of goal he was as clinical as you would expect", the coach said, praising the striker's ability to get into just the right positions to convert both crosses and through balls.

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