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Lukaku wants European qualification

24 February 2013 17:36

West Bromwich Albion striker Romelu Lukaku insists his team have enough quality to qualify for next season's Europa League.

The Belgium striker, on loan from Chelsea, netted twice for his side on Saturday in the 2-1 defeat of Sunderland.

The win pushed them into seventh place, trailing Everton by only two points with sixth good enough for continental competition if a team who have already qualified for Europe win the FA Cup.

"I want to end this season in a European spot and I know we have the players at West Brom to achieve that goal," Lukaku told reporters.

"We have the staff, the experience and the up and coming players to do it. We've got experienced players back now to push on in the remainder of the season."

It is still not known whether Lukaku will stay beyond his season-long loan at the Hawthorns.

But the 19-year-old says that he is focused on improving year-by-year and believes that he can become the complete striker.

"I have personal ambitions I want to reach," Lukaku said. "I want to score goals but also win as much as possible. If I do better and help the team, that's perfect.

"I work on all different aspects of my game and have the qualities to become the complete striker. I have the people around me and players around me to help me improve. Every year, every season is an opportunity to get better."

Fellow West Brom striker Shane Long hopes Lukaku will stay for another season and feels that Chelsea have the attacking options to allow the former Anderlecht man to continue to pick up first-team experience under Steve Clarke.

"Rom is still young," Long said. "You look at him and I can't believe he is 19. He has a lot of learning to do but he wants to learn, is relishing the challenge here and it is good to play alongside him.

"He is a nuisance up front, he is a big strong lad. They've got plenty of options at Chelsea and I think he likes it here. He likes playing for the manager.

"He likes the lads, he finds it fun coming to training every day and he seems happy here. Hopefully we can get him back next season and keep him going the way he is going."

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