Martinez says after Belgium’s 5-2 win

Lukaku celebrates his second goal against Panama in Belgium's first World Cup Game of the 2018 tournament

Belgium is the team of tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. And then there is Romelu Lukaku, the Antwerp massive monumentally restating the case, with England's Harry Kane, for the big fella up front.

Belief is growing. Philippe, King of the Belgians, was on hand wearing a bright red tie and team scarf.

"The guys have experience already and know you don't have to be great in the beginning". "Hopefully we can do something special".

"I'm a goalscorer so I'm here to score goals, but at the end of the day I want to help my team-mates reach something so we are working hard", said Lukaku. Brazil [2014 World Cup] was totally new.

"Belgium was not the favorite because of the history of the country - and especially the history of the other countries", said former Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf, now a Fox analyst. This lot are so good, they don't need a D'Artagnan.

"I have to get the strikers into situations where they can score".

Training is conducted in English under Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, who spent a decade managing in England.

"From a medical point of view, he is fully fit and he can play". Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has picked up a Scouse accent after five seasons with Liverpool. He has done very well in the last few years - that's why he plays for Manchester United. "That is what a World Cup is about", Mignolet said. "We were in full flow going forward, we looked really sharp".

The Group G victor next plays the runner-up from Group H, where three teams are still in contention - Japan, Senegal and Colombia.

With England and Belgium already qualified for the knockout stage after winning their first two matches, Thursday's Group G game in the Russian outpost of Kaliningrad could be a time to give some tired or ailing stars a breather and underused squad members a run out. England beat Tunisia 2-1, and thrashed Panama 6-1. "I feel good. There are enough days between matches".

With Belgium eyeing their first run to the final, one worry is a knock to the ankle late in the first half which forced Lukaku off a quarter of an hour into the second.

He juggled Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and Michy Batshuayi but failed to find a formula to reward the pressing and passing of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens.

Mexico laid one foot in the World Cup's last 16 and left South Korea on the brink of elimination after goals from Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela clinched a 2-1 victory in Rostov on Saturday.

Given the past and the sound and fury that would follow any misstep, Martinez wants to manage expectations. "The World Cup is something that probably gives you an advantage psychologically when you've won it before".

He said a scan showed no major damage but more time was needed to assess the Manchester United forward, who has scored twice in each of his two outings in Russian Federation.

Romelu Lukaku has been praised for his actions during a 5-2 Belgium win over Tunisia as the Manchester United star bagged a brace.

The World Cup does not care about generations, he said, nor individuals.

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