Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he plans to retire from the Belgian national team after Euro 2020.
Despite being only 25 years of age, he holds the all-time record of 40 goals for Belgium. He recently starred in Roberto Martinez’s side that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, wherein the team eventually finished third.
The striker will be reaching his peak years when the Euros come around in two years time, and Belgium could go two steps 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 I’ll stop,” the forward told Business Insider when discussing his future with Belgium. “Every big tournament for us as a country has to be getting into the semifinals, and then you go from there. You will go to win the whole thing, but you don’t go for less than the semifinals.”
Lukaku said he’s hopeful for the next generation of Belgian players, saying they’re skilled and have access to better training.
The Manchester United man did add, however, that he’s worried they’re less hungry than his generation because of the money that can be made at a young age.
“Because with soccer now, at the minute, there’s a lot of money involved at a young age,” Lukaku said. “Money that you can earn in the pros, you can earn it already at 12, 13. So it takes the hunger away from you.
“I’m 25, I’m like, I’m 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 don’t want to give it up to them. So like another two years, and then they can have it.”