sport news 'He shouldn't be allowed to play with them': Lukaku lauded by Rio Ferdinand in ...

Romelu Lukaku took centre stage against Brazil on Friday night to prove he can perform on the big occasion, and his performance certainly did not go unnoticed by Rio Ferdinand.

Lukaku starred as Belgium put in a solid shift against the Brazilians to take a 2-1 victory and seal their place in the semi-finals of the Russia World Cup.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and a Fernandinho own-goal secured victory for the Europeans, though it was the dominant nature of Lukaku in the final third which made things happen.

Romelu Lukaku was the star up front as Belgium beat Brazil to progress to the semi-final stage

Romelu Lukaku was the star up front as Belgium beat Brazil to progress to the semi-final stage

Lukaku was lavished with praise by pundits Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer in the studio

Lukaku was lavished with praise by pundits Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer in the studio

Watching on in the BBC studio, former pro turned pundit Ferdinand could only describe Lukaku's performance by likening it to a school scenario in which one player is far and above all of his peers.

'It's like playing in the school playground and you have a 16-year-old playing against the 11-year-olds, It's like that he's too big

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