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12th Sep 2018

Romelu Lukaku explains the meaning of his goal celebration

Lukaku scored two on Tuesday night

Darragh Murphy

Romelu Lukaku’s tally will take some beating when he hangs up his boots for Belgium.

At the age of 25, Lukaku already tops the list of all-time top scorers for his country with 43 goals in 77 appearances.

The powerful centre-forward netted a brace in Belgium’s 3-0 Nations League victory over Iceland on Tuesday night, following on from his opener against Scotland last week.

Lukaku is a goalscoring machine, particularly at international level, and he has explained the meaning of his goal celebration this week.

As he posed for the cameras after finding the net, Lukaku made an unusual gesture with his hands and in response to supporters’ curiosity, he has revealed why he uses that celebration.

“All the sacrifices you made for @JLukaku94 (Jordan Lukaku) and me. It’s only normal I dedicate every goal to you. Love you mommy,” Lukaku wrote on Instagram.

Lukaku’s mother, Adolphine, has clearly been a big influence on the Manchester United striker and his brother, who plays for Lazio as a left-back.

The older Lukaku has recently been referenced as an example for United teammate Marcus Rashford to follow.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher advised Rashford, who has struggled to nail down a regular starting place with the Red Devils, to do what Lukaku did and move to a club like Everton in order to develop.

“Everton is a club where someone like a Rashford knows he can play every week,” Carragher said after England’s win over Switzerland.

“Last season, he played poorly against Brighton, Mourinho had a pop at him and Lukaku went straight back in the next game. That is the problem he will always have.

“It gets to the point when you ask if he will ever be an England regular or Manchester United’s real centre-forward.

“In that position, you have to be world-class. Rashford isn’t world-class yet, but he might be when he’s 24. Lukaku now looks like one of the best strikers so Rashford may have to move away to then move back to one of the big teams.”

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