"We all (felt sorry for Romelu Lukaku) but we cannot put the blame on someone who has been injured the last two months," Didier Drogba said on BBC One after the goalless draw between Belgium and Croatia.
"He comes on for 30 minutes and you want him to win the game. As a striker he should have been a bit more on his toes but it's very difficult to blame him for this.
"I think it's difficult. The defender is in front of you and the goalkeeper, this is his right foot, the way his body is pointing towards goal it’s difficult to turn twist and score. It's difficult. You need a few more games to find the rhythm. I think a player like [Filippo] Inzaghi would score, he would always be on his toes.
"I think he's frustrated not only because he missed the goals but the spirit of this team during the tournament. The talks, the fights between players this is what he's frustrated about more than the goals he missed I think."
Lukaku was not in the starting line-up for that match, but he came on as a sub and missed four absolute sitters in the second half. As a result, Belgium ended up being knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage.
The 29-year-old is still on Chelsea's books, having been loaned out to Inter last summer. Initially, the Italian club expressed the desire to keep Lukaku for a second season, but it has not been documented which puts the striker's future in question.