Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku has insisted he hasn’t forgiven the Belgian public yet following their criticisms of him.
The powerful striker believes he’s been unfairly treated by his country’s supporters and ahead of the World Cup opened up on his relationship with them.
It’s clear that that relationship is still fractured at a time the European nation cannot afford to have a split camp.
Either way, Lukaku is unhappy with it all and believes it’ll take some time before he can move on from the ordeal.
The former Everton man’s brother Jordan also believes that the criticism is unfair but the pair are still expected to play their part in the World Cup this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Romelu said: “Maybe he [Jordan] is right. I once said to Jordan: ‘Look, since our six years (here) we are already standing with our backs against the wall. We can only prove ourselves and enjoy ourselves as much as possible.’
“A first applause [after his brace against Saudi Arabia] after nine years. Has everything been forgotten and forgiven between me and the public?
“As far as I am concerned not yet. One applause in nine years, then it is not forgotten and forgiven.”
Romelu Lukaku is likely to be Belgium’s first choice striker in Russia and he’ll have plenty of talented teammates behind him to provide him with a flurry of chances to convert.
Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Moussa Dembele should also be regulars in the starting XI with Roberto Martinez’s side labelled the dark horses of the competition.
Belgium certainly have a first team filled with top talent but it’s their depth that is cause for concern if they truly want to go all the way.