Romelu Lukaku unchanged on his stance on retiring after Euro 2020

Belgium international Romelu Lukaku has indicated that he has not changed his stance on retiring from national team duty after the 2020 European Championship. Earlier in August, the Manchester United striker suggested that he plans to step down from international football after the next major tournament and his thought appears unchanged following Belgium’s 4-0 friendly win over Scotland.

Speaking after that game, Lukaku said that he has no second thoughts about the statement made last month and he would like to enjoy the moments with his compatriots for the next couple of years. He added that Belgium may have enjoyed success in terms of victories and goals but they still need to make the next step by going on to win trophies.

He quipped: “I said what I said. I want to enjoy the moments with my teammates at the national team and am satisfied with our performance. We win a lot, score a lot of goals and play offensive football. That’s nice. It’s just a shame that after the World Cup we do not have a prize in our hands yet. Everyone sees us as one of the best teams in the world. Now it’s up to us to prove that we can also win trophies.”

At the age of just 25, Lukaku is Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorer with 43 strikes from 77 caps but he has nevertheless received criticism for his poor finishing at times whilst he has barely bagged a goal from outside his own box. Nonetheless, he remains the undisputed choice for the Red Devils upfront and it will be interesting to see the reaction of the country’s faithful, should he decide to step down as said in 2020. Lukaku is presently in the ranks of Manchester United at the club level for whom he has already contributed 31 goals from just 59 appearances.