Lukaku not focusing on World Cup Golden Boot after Belgium brace

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The Red Devils earned a 3-0 opening win at the World Cup thanks in part to the Manchester United striker, but he is not looking for personal accolades

Romelu Lukaku is not focusing on potentially winning the World Cup Golden Boot despite his double in Belgium's opening 3-0 win over Panama.

Belgium struggled for fluency in the first half of the Group G encounter with the tournament debutants in Sochi.

However, a stunning Dries Mertens strike put them ahead before Lukaku's brace left the result beyond doubt.

The Manchester United forward is one goal behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain, in the Golden Boot race, but Lukaku is not prioritising personal accolades.

He told a media conference: "I'm not thinking in personal terms, the most important thing is the team. I want to help and assist my team-mates as much as possible.

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"People know I am supposed to score, but also the other members of the team. The most important thing is to win matches, work hard in training and be in top shape for the rest of the World Cup.

"It was important to start well and winning the game is the most important thing, not individual performances. As a team we know we have a lot of qualities, we have a lot of players who can make the difference. We were ready today and we have to be ready for the next game.

"I can play in different ways and styles. The last matches with the national team were games of a lower level and for me it's important to have the right line in the box and follow that strategy. Usually I am in the right position at the right time."