Romelu Lukaku admits having Thierry Henry as a coach ‘is not easy’

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Romelu Lukaku admits ‘it’s not easy’ having Thierry Henry as a coach with Belgium’s national team and insists Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer is a difficult man to please.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 04 : Thierry Henry ass. coach of Belgian Team and Romelu Lukaku forward of Belgium during a training session before the International Qualifying Match group H for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia between Cyprus and Belgium at the Neo GSP Stadium Nicosia on September 04, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium , 4/09/2016 ( Photo by Philippe Crochet / Photonews via Getty Images)

Henry joined Roberto Martinez’s coaching staff at the end of August, while Belgium have made a flying start to their World Cup qualifying campaign with three wins, 13 goals scored and none conceded.

Lukaku admits Henry’s guidance has aided his improvement but concedes the two-time Premier League winner is often quick with his criticism.

‘It’s not easy with him, he’s very demanding,’ Lukaku told SFR Sport.

‘I hadn’t experienced that before. Even when I make a good pass, if the ball bobbles a little bit, he pulls me up on it.

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‘I think he sees in me characteristics he also had when he was younger. That’s why he’s so intransigent with me. Thanks to him, I’m more intelligent in my movement, and so I’m caught offside less.

‘He’s also teaching me things about finishing, controlling the ball and how I see the game. Back in the day, he made 10 assists a season, I’d like to emulate him.’

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