Loaned out Lukaku breathtaking as Belgium qualify, while Torres sits at home

Loaned out Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has put in an absolutely breathtaking performance for Belgium, as Fernando Torres sits from home.

Belgium are through to the 2014 FIFA World Cup after defeating Croatia 2-1 away from home - wrapping up a qualifying campaign that has seen them comfortably finish top of a tough looking group, and begin a whirlwind of hype behind this talented bunch of players.

Now Belgium are beginning to be mentioned as potential dark horses to be crowned world champions in Brazil next summer - such is the plethora of talent coursing through the squad.

They secured their place in the tournament with victory against Croatia - and it was a Premier League star, predictably considering the amount of Belgian talent currently playing on our shores, who bagged the brace necessary to put them through.

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Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in the opening 40 minutes to earn the nation the win they needed, and deserved.

It is just yet another sign that Jose Mourinho’s and Chelsea’s decision to allow Lukaku to join Everton on loan in January was a very misguided one indeed.

The player, who was on top form for West Brom last term, is now by far the most impressive Chelsea striker this season - despite being allowed to go.

Lukaku’s performance tonight was in stark contrast to one of the strikers backed by Mourinho to be the star that they need him to do.

While Lukaku was breaking Croatian hearts Fernando Torres would have been thinking about where to settle down and watch the Spain match in the evening.

The £50 million man is way down the pecking order for Spain - with David Villa, Alvaro Negredo, Diego Costa,Roberto Soldado and Fernando Llorente all potentially ahead of him in the pecking order - even Swansea City attacker Michu is now ahead of Torres when it comes to selection for Los Rojos.

But while Torres was getting his seat ready, Lukaku was doing this …

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