Japan defender Gen Shoji said on Sunday that he was psychologically ready for the confrontation with Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku in their upcoming round of 16 game.
“First of all, Lukaku is not the only strong player in Belgium. I am waiting for the game. I think that I will meet Lukaku often on the pitch, but during the pre-match training I need to prepare for it mentally, and I can say that I have been preparing,” Shoji said at the pre-match press conference.
The game will be held in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.