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Januzaj makes Belgium debut as Lukaku scores hat-trick

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Adnan Januzaj has been included in Belgium's World Cup squad © Getty Images
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Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj made his Belgium debut on Monday as Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick in their convincing 5-1 victory against Luxembourg in Genk.

The forward pledged his international future to the country last month having turned down the opportunity to play for Kosovo, Albania and even England as he was included in coach Marc Wilmots' 24-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

"It's my job to play one touch, to dribble, to entertain the crowd a bit," Januzaj said. "I wasn't under much pressure. I'm used to playing in front of 80,000 at Manchester United. I am happy with my debut."

Lukaku put in an impressive performance during Belgium's opening warm-up game. The Chelsea striker, who spent last season on-loan at Everton, completed his treble by impressively beating two defenders and firing low past the goalkeeper. Totteham's Nacer Chadli and Kevin De Bruyne were the other two goalscorers.

"It was a good performance," Lukaku said. "What makes me happy is that we performed as a team."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said repeatedly he wants to improve his strikeforce at Stamford Bridge and that has left the 20-year-old Lukaku uncertain over his future. Mourinho has reportedly asked Demba Ba to stay at the club, and while Lukaku has been linked with moves to several clubs he Lukaku is still thought to be in the club's thinking.

The striker's situation is being monitored in the Premier League and abroad and Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he is prepared to wait until after the World Cup to pursue a transfer.

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