England players were a bit scared, says Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku says England's players "were a bit scared" as a result of the pressure at the World Cup

England players were a bit scared, says Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku believes that the pressure surrounding the England team caused the Three Lions’ players to be “scared” heading into the World Cup.

Roy Hodgson’s side were dumped out of the tournament on Friday after Costa Rica’s 1-0 win over Italy left them bottom of Group D following their defeats by Italy and Uruguay.

You could see sometimes they were a bit scared as they didn’t play with their normal habits

Romelu Lukaku

And Chelsea striker Lukaku claims that the intense pressure surrounding England had an effect on the players in Brazil.

“There is a lot of pressure on the England players,” said Lukaku.

“At the end of the season you saw in the newspapers the pressure about the World Cup. People were talking more about the World Cup than the end of the season in the Premier League, which was really intense.

“There was maybe a lot of pressure on the players and you could see sometimes they were a bit scared as they didn’t play with their normal habits.

“But you don’t have to stress, England has a lot of potential, a lot of young players who will become world-class players, and there are experienced players that can always bring something into the team.”

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