Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

France Are Fearful of Lukaku in Semi-Final

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

France Are Fearful of Lukaku in Semi-Final

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ROMELU Lukaku has been earmarked as one of the biggest threats to France's World Cup hopes.

Belgium's United striker has enjoyed an impressive tournament in Russia, scoring four times, and will lead his country's attack against the French in the first semi-final today.

France star Raphael Varane - the Real Madrid centre-back who has been linked with a move to United - says Lukaku and Eden Hazard are serious concerns for his team. He said: "It's a World Cup semi-final - there are no favourites. We'll have to outdo ourselves and give our best.

"Belgium are young, but they are maturing. We know it will be a tough match.

"Romelu Lukaku's physicality can trouble any defence. We can't leave him any space because he's a quality player.

"As for Eden Hazard, I've already played against him when he was at Lille. …

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