Belgium’s Manchester United striker Lukaku hints on international retirement

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Belgium all-time record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku has made a shock statement over his future with the national team.

Lukaku, 25, helped Belgium finish third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup but has said he might not make it to Qatar in 2022.

Having made his debut as a 17-year-old back in 2010, the towering striker has featured 75 times for the Red Devils, scoring 40 goals in the process.

Currently ranked as the nations all-time record scorer, Lukaku says his decision is based on giving the exciting youth produced in his homeland a chance to establish themselves in the senior national team.

“After the Euros, I think I’ll stop,” he told Business Insider. “I’m 25, I’m like, I’m not even in my prime yet.

“I still see them [Belgium’s young players] as competition right now because they try to take my spot and I don’t want to give it up to them. So like another two years, and then they can have it.”