Belgium's chances of winning World Cup written off by Stretford coach due to lack of a striker. What does that mean for Everton loanee/Chelsea striker?
Belgium have been widely tipped to do well at the tournament in Brazil, but the United coach thinks that the nation’s lack of a centre-forward will hamper their chances.
The statement, which he made on Twitter during a question and answer session, appears to speak volumes about his opinion on Romelu Lukaku, who is set to lead the line for Belgium in Brazil.
Lukaku is widely thought of as one of the best prospects in his position in the world and his powerful and clinical displays whilst on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton from Chelsea have drawn many plaudits.
However, Neville clearly doesn’t believe that the Chelsea striker is capable of performing at the highest level and able to fire Belgium to success.
Lukaku’s nation are amongst the favourites to be in contention at the World Cup after producing a host of talented stars that have all started to come to the fore together.
With many of the team based in the English Premier League, Neville will be familiar with their strengths and weaknesses, but obviously doesn’t feel that they are strong enough to win the competition.
Lukaku would normally be in competition with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke for a place up-front, but Benteke has been ruled out of the competition due to injury after damaging his Achilles. It means that 19-year-old Lille player Divock Origi has been named in the 23 man squad and is the only other front-man to go.
Even though there is a paucity of strikers in the Belgium squad, the likes of Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Adnan Januzaj and Kevin Mirallas are likely to ensure that Lukaku and Origi aren’t short of service, with the quality that they possess.