>
My tribe
As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Euro2016: Wilmots ponders Belgium striker change after lacklustre Lukaku display

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots admits he is pondering what to do with his strike force in his side's second Euro2016 match this weekend.

The Red Devils were humbled by the experienced Italy 2-0 in their Group E opener on Monday and one of the many that underperformed for Wilmots was Everton striker Lukaku.

Ahead of Saturday's crunch clash wth the Republic of Ireland, Wilmots is unsure if Lukaku will start in Bordeaux as he contemplates who out of Michy Batshuayu, Divock Origi, Christian Benteke or Yannick Carrasco could quite possibly replace the 23-year-old.

"He had the confidence for the World Cup, he had it now," said Wilmots.

"He has also become better at rebounding. But there are strikers who work very well in training and who might get their chance.

"Look, we have no (Graziano) Pellè, (Robert) Lewandowski or (Mario) Mandzukic.

"These are experienced attackers. We have strikers with a huge margin progression. And with different profiles.

"I see which type works best against Ireland. Not counting the person. Belgium's what counts."

Andrew Slevison
About the author

Andrew Slevison

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?