Lukaku misses training ahead of England clash

World Cup 2018 Romelu Lukaku Tells How Poverty Fired World Cup Dream

World Cup 2018 Romelu Lukaku Tells How Poverty Fired World Cup Dream

Belgium had a two-goal lead within 16 minutes after Hazard scored from the penalty spot and Lukaku angled a low, left-foot shot into the corner of Tunisia's goal. "You pass the ball when he's in front of you and he scores every time".

"Football has got a unusual knack of punishing you when you don't treat things professionally", he said.

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

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.

Vertonghen said the big difference between this win and Belgium's more laboured showing against Panama - and Tunisia's tight match with England - was Tunisia's approach.

"We were in full flow going forward, we looked really sharp".

Belgium were much the better team, looking risky on nearly every attack, but they were seriously aided and abetted by some ragged defending and non-existing marking from their opponents.

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"They're a very risky side". We're going to continue taking it match by match and take advantage of the game against England to prepare for the knockout stages where things can happen very quickly.

It's not just Belgium's starting XI who have impressed.

Despite his early goalscoring prowess, manager Martinez has opened up about his star striker's overall contribution to the Red Devils, believing he is a team player first and foremost.

Before giving his squad a day off after Saturday's 5-2 Group G win over Tunisia, the Spaniard waved away talk of supplanting stuttering favourites like Germany or Brazil and acknowledged defensive lapses will have to be tightened against England on Friday morning (Singapore time).

Michy Batshuayi, the leading candidate to replace him should he become unavailable, did come on for Belgium after replacing Eden Hazard on 68 minutes in the second half. "The one he does score, it's very hard".

Belgium also suffered some other injuries, with Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens also suffering knocks that will be checked out before Belgium play England in a crucial game to potentially decide the winners of Group G in this tournament.

Training is conducted in English under Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, who spent a decade managing in England.

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