Belgium fans fear Harry Kane ahead of England World Cup clash

Belgium found it easy against Tunisia. Image PA Images

Belgium found it easy against Tunisia. Image PA Images

Jordan Pickford keeps his place in goal and he is once again joined by Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire, who make up England's familiar back three.

It doesn't get much easier from there for the Group G victors.

Now, we seem to be faced with a similar dilemma with teams that play later can engineer their performance to chart their course.

England's Phil Jones believes playing Belgium will have a familiar feel to it due to most of their squad playing in the Premier League.

Southgate believes Vardy's ability to hit teams on the counter-attack could be vital for England against better opposition and the Belgium clash gives him the flawless opportunity to prove that. You don't know what will happen and now, not all the top teams have got through.

The last time England and Belgium met at a World Cup, David Platt volleyed a famous extra-time victor to send Bobby Robson's side into the quarter-finals if Italia 90.

"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.

However, the World Cup back then had only 16 nations participating with only 26 games overall, but still a total of 140 goals were scored. "I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has made it clear he doesn't want to win and could make up to 10 changes. We were watching Argentina last night, Portugal and Spain the evening before, and one decision at one end of the pitch, and a decision within two minutes. the situation in the group changed completely.

"We are happy that tomorrow is probably one day too early, but I don't think he is going to take any longer than that".

Martinez also said that his team would be looking to perform well against Gareth Southgate's squad in their group-stage finale, but that winning the match was not the goal on Thursday.

England impressed in their opening two World Cup games, beating Tunisia 2-1 in Volgograd and thumping Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod.

"There are players with yellow cards, and I don't think it would be professional for us to put those players in a risk to miss the knockout phase".

Halsey told CNN on receiving a yellow card request from an English top-flight performer: "He's just said 'listen, look, we've got a game Tuesday".

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