Jérémy Doku: “The Belgians have not forgotten.”

Speaking to Ouest-France, Belgian international and Rennes attacker Jérémy Doku discussed his ambitions for the tournament.

Is this the greatest Belgian generation of all time?

Yes I think so. We finished 3rd at the World Cup. We have lots of good players. We can do even better and win trophies.

Who are the newbies in comparison with 2018?

There is Dennis Praet, Leandro Trossart and me, I think. But better to ask the coach.

On possibly playing vs France along the way:

If we manage to play against them it will be good. Of course we want to take our revenge. It hurt us. The Belgians have not forgotten.

What is Belgium missing in order to claim a trophy?

I think we need a little more luck. In the big tournaments, the winners are those who always have a bit of luck. We have the quality.

Eden Hazard has had a difficult season:

When I was with the national team, he was often injured. I have not seen him on the pitch much. But Hazard is still Hazard. Quality does not leave you. If he plays, he will be ready to fight for our country.

Who are your big brothers in the squad?

Romelu (Lukaku) and Youri (Tielemans). They speak to me a lot, they give me advice.

Like what?

Romelu on finishing, also in terms of behaviour too.

Is it impressive to be amongst so many stars?

Yes in the beginning. When you think it through, you say to yourself this is strange, you watched them on TV at the World Cup, and now you are alongside them at the Euros. It is special.

What is Kevin de Bruyne’s role?

He is an excellent player of course. He is a player who can win matches for the team.

Is he the best player in the world right now?

I do not know. It is difficult, amongst the best for sure. Aside from that it is not up to me to say. Everyone has their own opinions.

What role do you want in this tournament?

I am ambitious. I am very happy to be here, but I am not going to settle with just being on the bench. I am going to give my all to have playing time. I am going to try to show myself in training. I am not here just for a laugh. If I get 5 minutes, I will give my all for 5 minutes, if 10 minutes, I will give my all for 10 minutes.

On the French national team:

A very good team of course, with good players everywhere, especially with the return of Karim Benzema. But we will see…

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