Lukaku ties with Ronaldo in race for World Cup Golden Boot

Lukaku ties with Ronaldo in race for World Cup Golden Boot

Lukaku ties with Ronaldo in race for World Cup Golden Boot

No player in Belgium's history had scored four goals at a World Cup before, and Lukaku has now netted 17 times in his past 11 appearances for the national side.

Asked if this meant there would be changes for the game against England in Kaliningrad on Thursday, Martinez said: "The answer is very clear: if we had seven days to prepare it would be the same starting XI".

"It would be risky and a real gamble to play any of the players who have yellow cards because you don't want a player missing in the knock-out stage", he said.

"I think everybody deserves to play at the World Cup, so it's more important for me to be able to give that opportunity and see how they can react on the pitch and how much they can contribute".

Speaking after the game, Martinez explained that Lukaku injured an ankle ligament, while Hazard strained his calf and Dries Mertens also hurt his ankle. "They could cause any team problems with their attacking players".

The United player now has four goals at Russian Federation 2018, making him joint top scorer alongside Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Roberto Martinez's star-studded squad emerged as 3-0 victor in its opening Group G game in Sochi on June18 but will likely find Tunisia a far more robust and defensively astute opponent when they meet at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.


Two games later, one of Lukaku's promises - to become his country's greatest player - is steadily gathering steam in Russian Federation. I am just relaxed about the England game.

In it for the long haul, they face a World Cup reality that could strip some of the flavour from a mouthwatering group decider between two Premier League-rich squads and two of the tournament's high-scoring teams. I don't want to go back to England in July with a losing feeling.

Lukaku's performance vs Tunisia however caught the eye of many for more than one reason.

Lukaku now has four goals in just two World Cup appearances in Russian Federation this summer.

The injury is likely to be not serious however, with Hazard set to get it checked before the Belgian's crucial game against England next week.

"We've been speaking about Hazard, Lukaku and Co going forward - and they've done it. Belgium look red hot going forward".

Belgium had already confirmed their spot in the next round as they thrashed Tunisia 5-2. Mexico's 2-1 win over South Korea earlier on Saturday had ensured that Germanywould be out in the event of a defeat, with a draw little better.

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