Romelu Lukaku has brushed off individual criticism from earlier in his career by insisting that he is only interested in team titles ahead of the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
Despite winning Group B in style with wins over each of Russia, Denmark and Finland, Belgium have been handed a tricky last 16 tie against Portugal and possible quarter-final with Italy.
However, Roberto Martinez and his side will be feeling confident following their passage to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and their status as the top ranked side in world football.
As preparations for their last 16 clash begin, Lukaku took time out of his day to complete a question and answer session on social media, in which his previous criticism was brought up.
Despite his undeniable quality in front of goal, which includes 68 goals in 141 games for Everton and 27 in his first season with Manchester United, there have been questions of his close control.
Now, having laughed off the unappreciation, the 28-year-old has now hit brushed off the idea of individual praise, aiming for more team silverware.
When asked: “Do you think finishing top scorer at the Euros would silence your critics and confirm you as one of the world’s best strikers?”
Lukaku replied on Twitter: “Forget the individual s***.. i work to win titles.”
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Martinez said of the 2-0 win over Finland: “This team has been very consistent over the last five years. It’s now about getting every individual at their very best.
“We were really focused and professional.
“We defended very well and waited for the first goal. We knew that would open everything up. We were almost there in the first half but we adapted to a difficult team.”
One player who hasn’t been able to play a big a role as he would’ve liked is Eden Hazard, who has admitted that injury problems have taken their toll.
Martinez added of the Real Madrid forward: “He pushed himself, got into good positions.
“He looks free, twisting right and left. The next step is now to see Eden with that final pass, that shot that finishes in the back of the net. I was delighted with his performance.”