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Romelu Lukaku urges critics to “forget the s***” as he outlines title ambitions

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.

Romelu Lukaku is ready to fire Belgium to Euro 2020 glory

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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Thomas Vermaelen defender of Belgium, Romelu Lukaku forward of Belgium celebrates after scoring with Kevin De Bruyne forward of Belgium and Axel Witsel midfielder of Belgium during the 16th UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group B match between Finland and Belgium on June 21, 2021 in St Petersburg, Russia, 21/06/2021
Belgium are among the favourites as the top ranked international side

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.”

Roberto Martinez head coach of Belgian Team talking to the press during a press conference at the Football Center Base Camp after the match agains Finland and finishing first in Group B after the group Phase on the 16th UEFA 2020 European Football Championship. June 22, 2021 in Tubize, Belgium, 22/06/2021 (
Roberto Martinez and Belgium take on Portugal on Sunday

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.”



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