Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has rounded on his critics after seeing his team blast their way into Euro 2016 form with a resounding victory over the Republic of Ireland.

The side ranked second into the world went into the game with questions being asked about the coach and dressing room harmony after a 2-0 defeat by Italy.

However, Wilmots' men responded in style to crush Ireland 3-0 at the Stade de Bordeaux and belatedly ignite their Group E campaign.

Wilmots said: "Well, after four years of success, when we get criticism it's like those last four years disappear. It's just manipulating the people, giving the people the wrong ideas.

"The team has in the past always given everything for the nation. We have got some great players and sometimes the criticism is just manipulation.

"I want to be with positive people. People who criticise are never going to have a good life."

"I live with criticism, but apart from death, I don't know what else could really affect me. I am 47, I want to be healthy. I enjoy my job, I hope to put the kids on the right path and I hope the country is proud of us.

"People being negative, that's not interesting for me. I want to be with positive people. People who criticise are never going to have a good life."

Wilmots made changes for the Ireland game but kept faith with striker Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Kevin de Bruyne despite hinting in midweek that he might drop both - and he reaped the rewards with De Bruyne running the game and Lukaku scoring twice either side of Axel Witsel's 61st-minute header.

The coach said: "Yes, I bluffed. The players were aware of this, they were all aware. We waited for the right time. We spoke about this privately."

Lukaku was more delighted with the victory than his goals, and Belgium now need only a point against Sweden on Wednesday to book their place in the last 16.

He said: "I am happy for my team-mates, that's the most important thing. The team is what matters. If we do what we need to do on the pitch, then everything will be good."

Lukaku was more delighted with the victory than his goals, and Belgium now need only a point against Sweden on Wednesday to book their place in the last 16.

He said: "I am happy for my team-mates, that's the most important thing. The team is what matters. If we do what we need to do on the pitch, then everything will be good."