Belgium fans fear Harry Kane ahead of England World Cup clash

Belgium fans fear Harry Kane ahead of England World Cup clash

We expect several changes to personnel, given the strength and depth in the England squad, and Southgate's desire to ensure that those he may need to call on in the knockout phase have had match minutes.

Quite so. Even tonight's match against Belgium is unlikely to be the test that Southgate would probably like.

Southgate has made it plain that he wants that to be England, but nonetheless he won't be fielding his first XI, with Eric Dier, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones and Trent Alexander-Arnold all expected to make their World Cup bows. The two sides will look to outclass each other on Thursday in the hope of finishing top of Group G.

All the final group matches are played together to avoid what happened to Algeria in 1982.

"He has always played in every single game but since the start of the competition, we have not seen him".

"We know what we're up against, we know their players inside out and know what we've got to do". We want to perform well but the priority is not to win. "That would mean we top the group and we would go into whatever game we go into moving forward". We just have a hunch.

"The players that come in have a high level of motivation", Southgate said.

"In sport and in life you have to keep evolving".

"It's very important for us to protect and give every player the best possible programme to be in the best condition for the knockout games".

"They were close to the wire against Sweden and they have not been able to break Korea down".

Although England and Belgium are now top of the group with the same points, goal difference, and goals scored, England are top since they have a better disciplinary record.

Granted, England might not have to lose to finish second.

Roberto Martinez's Belgium squad enjoyed an extremely brief stroll around Kaliningrad as they tried to take in their surroundings ahead of the England clash.

England and Belgium will battle it out in a first-place play-off on Thursday evening and plenty of players are set to be rested for the game. The Telegraph reports that key men, such as captain Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling will be rested, while the manager won't risk Kyle Walker, a player now on a yellow card and at risk of suspension. Tunisia and Panama are eliminated.

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