Everton boss Ronald Koeman defends Romelu Lukaku

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku reacts after missing a chance to score

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice at Euro 2016 for Belgium.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the match

Ronald Koeman has defended the performances of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku at Euro 2016 with his comments in the Daily Mirror.

Lukaku was not at his best over the international tournament, with his performances for Belgium being slightly disappointing.

The 23-year-old did score twice against Ireland, but other than that he was fairly quiet.

However, Koeman felt that Lukaku had an excuse - as Euro 2016 simply was not a tournament where out-and-out strikers shone.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku

"Everyone accepts there was a lack of goals and thrilling attacking football at Euro 2016," Koeman said. 

"My theory is that this wasn’t a great tournament for an outstanding number 9 to prove his world class talent.

"The likes of Romelu Lukaku , Mario Gomez , Olivier Giroud and Harry Kane are all fine players"

Belgium exited Euro 2016 after losing 3-1 to Wales at the quarter-final stage, in what was a disappointing tournament for them.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their third goal

Lukaku’s attention will now return to club matters, but there are serious questions marks over his Everton future.

Lukaku has suggested that he would be willing to leave Everton this summer, but Koeman is hoping to keep the powerful striker at Goodison Park.

Everton are reportedly prepared to offer Lukaku a new contract (The Sun), but there has been no indication over whether the forward will commit his future to the Merseyside club yet. 

Everton's Romelu Lukaku warms up before the game

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