Chelsea starlet Romelu Lukaku is hoping for another opportunity to impress alongside Christian Benteke for Belgium.
The 20-year-old marksman has scored goals on loan at West Bromwich Albion and now Everton over the past season-and-a-half, propelling him into regular international action ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Opportunities have been scarce alongside Benteke however, and the pair got 17 minutes together in the 2-0 defeat to Colombia on Friday night before the Aston Villa star was forced off through injury.
That isn’t long enough to make a decision on whether the pair could work together in a 4-4-2 formation for Marc Wilmots’ side in the mind of Lukaku however, and he’s hoping for another chance to impress alongside his Premier League compatriot.
“We only had 17 minutes together before Christian went off injured, and that is not long enough to make a judgement, in my view. We should be given another opportunity,” he said, according to The Daily Mail.
“Of course, there has to be a bond between the strikers, when you are playing 4-4-2, but there is between us. It still needs some fine-tuning on the training pitch, but we know each other’s game and can make it work. It would be great to prove that at the World Cup.”
“Christian is used to 4-4-2 at Villa, and it can be the same with Belgium, because I can go on the same sort of runs Gabby Agbonlahor does. It’s up to the manager, though. He decides, and I would not try to challenge his authority.”
Lukaku is philosophical about potentially going up against his colleague for only one place in the line-up however, and hopes to continue impressing whilst away from Stamford Bridge this term.
“If we have to compete against each other for one place, then so be it. Every Premier League game throws up a challenge that demands your best, so I am used to that,” he added.
The striker joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in the summer of 2011, and after spending his first season in west London, he moved to the Midlands on a season-long loan.
His form with the Baggies meant that opportunities were expected to come Lukaku’s way this season under Jose Mourinho, but the new Blues boss decided to once again send the player away on loan.
He’s been at it again with the Toffees, and now the Chelsea striker is looking to make his mark on the international stage as well ahead of this summer’s World Cup.