Former Newcastle United star Philippe Albert has given his backing to Everton forward Romelu Lukaku following this week’s game with Belgium. The youngster came in for flak from his own fans after missing two opportunities to win the game for the Red Devils.

Speaking to RTBF in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with the Netherlands, Albert said he believes the contribution Lukaku gives to the Belgium side is good because he’s able to hold the ball up for the team.

Albert highlighted the back-heel Lukaku did to put Eden Hazard through on goal, and he thinks the Belgian fans need to remember how old the forward is. The former Belgium international went on to say Lukaku is a true professional, who lives for football.

“We have seen the contribution of Lukaku. He is a past master in the art of keeping a ball. I found his back-heel to Eden Hazard fantastic. He is improving week by week. He is only 23 and some people tend to forget this, especially in Belgium. Look at his statistics. He is a true professional who lives only for his job,” said Albert on his compatriot.

Lukaku has been in impressive form this season for Everton, but in recent years he’s struggled whilst playing for his country. In the past he’s been criticised by former coach Marc Wilmots for his lack of movement, and on Wednesday night he was booed by his own fans for failing to convert his chances.