Lukaku equals Belgium scoring record with Mexico double

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He may have hit a rut at club level, but the striker stands on the brink of a milestone for his nation ahead of a friendly with Japan in midweek

Romelu Lukaku has written himself into Belgian football history by becoming the national team’s joint-top scorer of all time.

The Manchester United forward joined Bernard Voorhoof and Paul Van Himst on 30 goals for the nation after registering twice against Mexico in a friendly on Friday. No-one has more.

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Although the 24-year-old has come in for criticism due to a goal drought at club level, that has not been the case with Belgium, as he has scored seven times for the national team in his last five outings – and 13 times in his last 12 games.

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Such form has seen him race to equal the mark of Voorhoof and Van Himst. The former turned out for Belgium between 1928-40 while the latter amassed his goals over a 14-year spell stretching from 1960-74.

It now seems inevitable that Lukaku will break the record, with Belgium set to tackle Japan at home on Tuesday, with the former Everton ace eyeing a milestone for Roberto Martinez’s side.  

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