Belgium's Romelu Lukaku to recover from injury in time to face England

28 Juin, 2018, 14:57 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion

England vs Belgium at the World Cup, both teams can come top with a win.

With Germany suffering a shock elimination and Brazil not yet guaranteed to qualify, some have suggested finishing second in the group would give England, who are in the aforementioned pair's half of the draw, an easier route to the final.

"But to be involved in a World Cup is something you work all your life for".

That experience has shaped his approach to a match in which England are through to the last-16 regardless of the result, and he will use the opportunity to involve as many players as possible before the knockout phase.

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Expect drama and entertainment aplenty after impressive displays from both teams so far.

"We think that we need to keep winning football matches", he said.

"So why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me, really".

The Three Lions have two wins from two matches - beating Tunisia 2-1 in their opener before thrashing Panama 6-1 - with captain Kane scoring five times so far.

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England: Already through, win the group with three points vs Belgium.

A hard pathPhoto Belgium has scored eight goals so far in this World Cup. We know Belgium and England are through to the round of 16, but now we have to see who finishes in first place. "At that point it was one or the other", the ex-Wigan Athletic and Everton manager added.

"We want to perform well but I think the priority is not to win", he said.

"They have earned the right to start in a World Cup, and I believe we are going to be as good as the contribution of the 23 players, so tomorrow is a good opportunity for us as a team".

In the other remaining first-round games on Thursday, Japan, Senegal and Colombia are all chasing the two qualification spots in Group H, with Poland out of the picture. Japan are in the best position on paper as they sit top and face already-eliminated Poland.

When the England squad got out of bed today they had no idea if they will be playing Japan, Senegal or Colombia next week, but they will know their potential opponents when they kick-off in Kaliningrad at 7pm (UK time).

For Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, at least one of those changes will be enforced after top-scorer Romelu Lukaku suffered a minor ankle injury, with disciplinary factors also coming into effect with key players Jan Vertonghen and Kevin de Bruyne both sitting precariously on one yellow card.

Aliou Cisse's Senegal will attempt to succeed where the rest of their continental rivals failed, with Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all out.

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