Romelu Lukaku explains why he plans to retire from Belgium duty after Euro 2020
Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he plans to retire from the Belgium national team after Euro 2020.
Lukaku, 25, holds the all-time record of 40 goals for Belgium and had a starring role as Roberto Martinezs side reached the semi-finals of the World Cup before beating England in the third place play-off.
The striker should be reaching his peak years when the Euros come around in two years time and he will be hoping that Belgium go one stage further than they managed in Russia this summer.
However, it appears Lukaku will not have the opportunity to better his tally of four goals at a World Cup as he plans to retire from international football at the age of 27.
After the Euros, I think Ill stop, the forward told Business Insider when discussing his future with Belgium.
Lukaku is confident that he will be ready to hand over the responsibility to Belgiums younger players at the next World Cup.
Im 25, Im like, Im not even in my prime yet, he said.
So I still see them as competition right now because they try to take my spot and I dont want to give it up to them.
So like another two years, and then they can have it.
Lukaku believes Belgiums golden generation set a new standard for future national sides.
Every big tournament for us as a country has to be getting into the semi-finals, and then you go from there, he added.
You will go to win the whole thing, but you dont go for less than the semi-finals.