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Reactions as Romelu Lukaku hits Belgium 100 caps against France
Chelsea frontman, Romelu Lukaku has the reached 100 Belgium caps in his international career when played against France in the Nations League semi-final on Thursday night.

Belgium’s bid to step up from contenders to champions continues this week when they take on France in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals and their record goalscorer believes now is the time for the Red Devils to turn dreams into reality.

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Spain booked their place in the final on Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory against European champions Italy, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso playing the duration for La Roja. Attention now turns to Turin and a quick return to the Juventus Stadium for Lukaku, who recently hit a landmark 100 caps for Belgium.

Those appearance and scoring feats are an understandable source of pride for the 28-year-old but it is silverware for his national team that really motivates the striker, with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in 14 months and the Nations League climax this weekend.

‘One hundred caps is something you really strive to achieve as a young player,’ he told UEFA.com in the build-up to tonight’s last-four clash with Les Bleus.

‘I was lucky that I started out at an early age and nearly 12 years have passed with lots of ups and downs. As a team, we’ve always continued to grow and the ultimate goal remains to win a tournament.

‘We’ve always managed to have a good start at tournaments and the expectations were always high. At Euro 2016, we didn’t deliver and it was very hard. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we did quite well [finishing third] but now in the Nations League, we must do really well so that we can peak at the next World Cup.’

Lukaku admits he had a slow goalscoring start on the international stage but it was soon ‘like a sweet store, just constantly scoring goals and at some point I stopped counting.’

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