Lukaku expects further progress

12 June 2018 03:57:43 EST

Romelu Lukaku has warned Belgium's rivals that they will continue to progress heading into the World Cup 2018.

De Rode Duivels produced an excellent display in their final warm-up game for Russia, outclassing Costa Rica 4-1 in Brussels on Monday and will now turn their focus to the tournament.

Despite the depth of their squad, the current crop of Belgian stars have failed to live up to their hype on the international stage, suffering quarter-final defeats at both the World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016.

To combat this, Roberto Martinez seems to have injected extra focus into the squad since taking over two years ago and the players have praised his approach.

We will continue to make progress.

Romelu Lukaku

Belgium begin their campaign on Monday against Panama and they are 1/5 to win in Sochi, with the draw 6/1 and Los Canaleros 18/1.

Martinez's side will also play Tunisia and England in Group G and are 4/7 to top the pool.

Lukaku's scoring prowess will be key to their hopes of a successful summer and he was at it again on Monday, netting twice to take his international tally to 36 goals.

With his country now on a run of 18-matches unbeaten, the powerful 25-year-old has warned their rivals that they are only going to continue to improve.

Lukaku told Belgian TV: "I think we have made progress. We did not lose, it's important. We scored a lot of goals tonight.

"We will still progress before the match against Panama and we will give 120 per cent against them. We will continue to make progress later."

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