ROMELU LUKAKU has taken a swipe at Belgium fans – The Manchester United striker believes people back home were laughing at him when he struggled to establish himself at Chelsea after his move from Anderlecht in 2011.
Romelu Lukaku celebrates after making it 3-0 against Panama
And Lukaku, 25, said: “I don’t know why some people in my own country want to see me fail. I really don’t.
“When I went to Chelsea and I wasn’t playing, I heard them laughing at me. When I got loaned out to West Brom, I heard them laughing at me.
“But it’s cool. Those people weren’t with me when we were pouring water in our cereal.
“If you weren’t with me when I had nothing, then you can’t really understand me.”
Romelu Lukaku found space and produced a composed finish for his second
Lukaku also scored a brave header to prove his doubters wrong
Lukaku – who later scored twice in a 3-0 win over Panama – was talking to the Players’ Tribune about his tough upbringing and his fight for acceptance in his homeland.
He said: “When things were going well, I was reading newspapers articles and they were calling me, ‘Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker’.
“When things weren’t going well, they were calling me, ‘Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker of Congolese descent’.”
Lukaku started for Belgium against Panama yesterday and revealed how much he enjoys working with his childhood hero Thierry Henry, who is one of Roberto Martinez’s coaches.
Romelu Lukaku accused sections of the Belgian support of wanting him to fail
He added: “When we were kids, we couldn’t even afford to watch Thierry Henry on Match of the Day!
“Now we’re learning from him every day with the national team.
“I’m standing with the legend, in the flesh, and he’s telling me all about how to run into space like he used to do.”