Lukaku: Bale more consistent than Hazard

Belgium defender Jordan Lukaku believes Wales forward Gareth Bale poses more of a threat than their own star player, Eden Hazard.

The two nations lock horns in the European Championship quarter-finals on Friday, a fixture that many would have considered unlikely at the start of the tournament.

The Dragons has been one of the surprise packages in France, topping their group with two wins and a loss. Bale has consistently showed his class, even in matches where his team weren't in total control.

Hazard, on the other hand, appears to have only found his feet in the last match, a crushing 4-0 victory against Hungary.

In what could be considered a bit of a mind game, Lukaku talked up Bale's class, saying that the Real Madrid forward may just edge out the Chelsea winger out in terms of quality.

"Bale is for me perhaps slightly higher than Hazard," the 21-year-old said at a press conference. "He's been playing longer at that level.

"At key moments at club level Bale is the man and he stands there, while Hazard is still not consistent."

Lukaku added: "The staff will devise a plan to neutralise Bale and Aaron Ramsey because they are the strongest players Wales have. So we will find a way to counter them but it will not be one player, it will be the whole team."