May 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku (9) against the United States at FirstEnergy Stadium. Belgium won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany: No pressure on Romelu Lukaku


Belgium got a close win over Algeria in their World Cup opening game. They were down early in the game before mounting a come back, and substitutes Dries Mertens and Marouane Fellaini provided the goal.

That has put some scrutiny on young striker Romelu Lukaku, who has thrived when on loan in the Premier League but failed to deliver a goal. Lukaku became a central point of the Belgium attack when Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke picked up an injury.

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany insists there is no pressure on Lukaku though.

“Romelu has a tremendous amount of talent, and for us it’s about not putting pressure on a 21-year-old kid to do it for us at a World Cup,” Kompany said, via Sky Sports.

“A lot of other people will take the responsibility. He is only 21 so he probably has two or more World Cups left, so there is no pressure on his shoulders.

“If he performs well for us we will be happy, but the most important thing is he puts in his performance for the benefit of the group and he’ll be okay.”

The Belgians are the popular dark horse pick to contend for the 2014 World Cup trophy, but after a less than convincing performance against Algeria they can make a statement against Russia in their second Group H game on Sunday in the Maracana.

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