Lukaku backs Belgium for quarterfinals
Romelu Lukaku believes Belgium will reach the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup.
Belgium have qualified for the tournament for the first time since 2002 and, with a highly talented generation of players including the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Thibaut Courtois, are being tipped to enjoy a successful campaign in Brazil.
Kompany has even suggested the Red Devils can reach the final this summer, but Lukaku’s ambitions are slightly more modest than those of the Manchester City centre-back.
Lukaku, currently on loan at Everton, told Belgian television show “Reyers Laat”: “I think we’ll go as far as the quarterfinals. If you look at Germany’s squad [who may face Belgium in the second round] and compare it to ours, we also have players at Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Arsenal. Why would we fear them?
“Not all of our guys are playing every game there but you have three weeks to prepare for the World Cup. It’s just one game at a time and the one who most wants it coupled with the form of the day -- that will decide who goes through.”
Lukaku was shown a clip of his goals against Croatia, which put Belgium through to the World Cup, and the celebrations with national coach Marc Wilmots.
Asked what it meant and what was said, he replied: “It means a lot. Really. Because you know the whole country is looking at you. The coach had basically told me two days earlier that it was an important game. All I could say was that I was going to help the team and that we would win in the end. That’s all I said.
“Then when he hugged me afterwards he said I‘d played really well and I said I’d done my best. Now we’re going to the World Cup but it doesn’t end there. The sky is the limit and you have to keep aiming higher.”