Belgium has all but qualified from Group G with two wins.
And so the big individual matchups that held so much intrigue a week ago may not materialize.
The 24-year-old had six shots - more than any other player, and the most by a substitute in a World Cup match since Germany's Andre Schurrle fired in seven against Algeria in 2014. Stones also used to play with Lukaku at Everton.
"Harry and Romelu are very similar, but very different".
And that would be a shame for the fans. He clearly had not reckoned on either just how good Belgium and England would be or perhaps quite how bad Tunisia and Panama are.
"Belgium was not the favorite because of the history of the country - and especially the history of the other countries", said former Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf, now an analyst for US -based Fox.
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Their final round-robin game - against England - will provide a deeper insight into how Hazard, Lukaku and Co can measure up when up against an opposition of real pedigree.
The rewards? There are some, too.
Toni Kroos rescued holders Germany from the brink of an unthinkable early World Cup exit early today, curling home a sensational victor in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Sweden, reports AFP.
These comments were all made before England demolished Panama 6-1 on Sunday, a result that only increases the likelihood that Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and England's Gareth Southgate will make several changes. "If you want to have that winning feeling, it's best to keep on winning", said Courtois, "I don't want to go back to England in July with a losing feeling".
For the English, Kane and central midfielder Henderson, who is coming off a long season with Champions League finalist Liverpool, might be asked to sit out against Belgium. "They wanted to win from the beginning, press high up".
Now the leading scorer at this World Cup finals ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on the account of playing fewer minutes, Lukaku carries the weight of expectations of a nation on his considerable shoulders.
When pressed on whether Belgium are now a good bet for the trophy, Martinez said there was a need to build the players' own expectations, balancing focus and self-confidence. "Whatever decision he makes, it is his decision".
Lukaku's performance vs Tunisia however caught the eye of many for more than one reason.
The Group G victor next plays the runner-up from Group H, where three teams are still in contention - Japan, Senegal and Colombia. Second in the group presents, at least on paper, an easier path.