Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says Romelu Lukaku is more interested in winning the World Cup than the Golden Boot.
Lukaku scored twice against Panama in Belgium’s Group G opener to put himself in early contention for the top-scorer award.
But Martinez, who was also the striker’s manager at Everton, insists his focus is on team awards rather than individual honours.
“He’s not here to be the top scorer at the World Cup, he’s here to help the team to win and do his role,” said Martinez. “His role is of someone who can score goals.
“I know Rom well, I spent the biggest amount in Everton’s history on a player because of the quality of his finishing, not because he was a player that could contribute things other than scoring goals.
“His role in the national team has become that. Maybe before there was confusion, when you ask players to do things they can’t do it becomes confusing.
“I think Rom now knows his role. I wouldn’t expect any player to work towards an individual reward, the players know what they have to do to make a winning team.”
Belgium saw off Panama 3-0 in their opening game on Monday to put themselves on the cusp of qualification for the last 16 at the World Cup. Dries Mertens netted first before Lukaku added two more.
Their next game is against Tunisia on Saturday lunchtime, where victory will likely secure their spot in the next round, and Martinez is pleased with their progress so far.
“We care about each other, we aren’t here to find blame, a way out, we are here to work hard and fulfil the potential we have,” he said.
“It’s simplicity and basics, we have a real focus on being accountable. Injured or not, you have a role and it’s very easy to assess your contribution.
“The focus from day one has been really good. I am sure it’s been boring for you but I am pleased with the way we have been growing in the last few weeks.”