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Divock Origi could be Belgium's wildcard

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The vast majority of this Belgian national side are well known to English football fans with a plethora of Premier League players making up their 23-man squad for this World Cup.

However you could be forgiven if you hadn't heard of 19-year old striker Divock Origi before the start of the tournament. But the Lille striker has been the secret weapon for his side, inspiring them to three victories with three impressive substitute performances including the winning goal against Russia.

In fact, it wasn't just fans that hadn't heard of the striker. Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellani admitted that he "did not know him" after he was chosen in the World Cup squad.

Belgian manager Marc Wilmots also admitted that many members of the national media weren't aware of his selection but relishes promoting young talent like Origi.

“Even most of the media didn’t know who he was when I called him up,” Wilmots said after Origi’s goal against Russia. “I love launching young kids. He’s in a good space right now. And everyone knows who he is.”

With the pre-tournament injury to Christian Benteke and disappointing performances from Romelu Lukaku, Belgium are currently lacking in striking options. But the form shown by relatively unknown Origi earned him a starting start berth in their last-16 win against USA on Tuesday night.

But Lukaku has attempted to play down Origi's impressive cameo appearances. As well as scoring the goal against Russia, Origi's 25-yard strike led to Jan Vertonghen tapping the ball home against South Korea after the goalkeeper could only parry.

"When I left the field the defence was tired," said Lukaku after the 1-0 win over South Korea. "It was easier for Divock. He had a good game but it was less of a test for him."

Origi has made such an impact in the tournament already that he is being linked with many clubs, most notably Liverpool.

The powerful striker joined French side Lille when he was just 15 years old, joining from Genk, and made his senior debut at the age of 17, scoring six minutes later.

Last season Origi made a huge contribution to his side making 30 league appearances, 12 as a starter and scored five goals. He was usually used as a wide left winger creating plenty of chances for striker Salomon Kalou.

Origi's father, Mike, was also a striker and represented Kenya at international level for 15 years. He played the majority of his career in Belgium and has traveled with his son to Brazil to support him. 

The Lille striker revealed that his father has given him some words of advice as he hopes to emulate his long and successful international career.

“My father has always warned me to be careful because in football you can easily lapse into complacency,” Origi said.

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