Jun 24, 2014 at 5pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Costa Rica

Gonzalez (59')

Barkley (52'), Lallana (59')

Romelu Lukaku: England players "a bit scared"

Lukaku: England players
© Getty Images
Romelu Lukaku insists that England players looked scared in the build-up to this summer's World Cup.

Chelsea's Belgian international forward Romelu Lukaku has said that England's players had to deal with a lot of pressure and looked "scared" in the build-up to the World Cup.

The Three Lions exited the tournament after Costa Rica registered a shock win over Italy, hours after Roy Hodgson's men were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay.

However, Lukaku insists that English players needn't be stressed by the occasion, due to the level of young talent emerging for the national side.

He told reporters: "There is a lot of pressure on the England players. At the end of the season you saw in the newspapers the pressure about the World Cup. People were talking more about the World Cup than the end of the season in the Premier League, which was really intense.

"There was maybe a lot of pressure on the players and you could see sometimes they were a bit scared as they didn't play with their normal habits.

"But you don't have to stress, England has a lot of potential, a lot of young players who will become world-class players, and there are experienced players that can always bring something into the team."

Lukaku could feature for Belgium in their second World Cup game against Russia on Sunday afternoon.

Belgium's midfielder Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring during a Group H football match between Belgium and Algeria on June 17, 2014
Read Next:
Player Ratings: Belgium 2-1 Algeria
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

1Manchester CityMan City87102942522
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd86202121920
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs85211551017
9Newcastle UnitedNewcastle832398111
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom824279-210
12Huddersfield TownHuddersfield823359-49
13Swansea CitySwansea822458-38
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224610-48
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8224814-68
17Stoke CityStoke8224918-98
18Leicester CityLeicester81341013-36
20Crystal Palace8107218-163