Romelu Lukaku sits out Belgium training ahead of England clash

Lukaku De Bruyne

Lukaku De Bruyne

"We need to look at Lukaku's ankle".

Martinez knows that he has to make a number of changes to face England.

After England boosted their goal difference with a 6-1 win against Panama they joined Belgium at the top of Group G, and there is absolutely nothing to separate the two.

Tunisia, also without a point after two matches having extended their 40-year World Cup winless run to 13 games, are also still in with a theoretical chance of making it on through three points - for a day at least.

Lukaku, who is joint-top scorer at the finals on four goals alongside Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, is nonetheless eager for the team to also have fun at the tournament.

'It's easy to play with Lukaku - pass him the ball and he scores every time.

For example, if Brazil win Group E and Germany finish second in F, they will be in the same half of the draw as the Group G winners.

Experienced performers Thomas Vermaelen, Kompany and Marouane Fellaini have all been left out of the starting XIs so far, while Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score - as well as miss a host of chances - against Tunisia.

On Saturday, the Manchester United player led his country to wins with a brace in two consecutive games.

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has called for far-reaching changes in his country so they can compete at future World Cups after their "ridiculous" 5-2 hammering by Belgium at Russian Federation 2018.

"Obviously they have a good team".

"We want to have a good performance and keep a winning mentality and not drop our level".

"I think everybody deserves to play at the World Cup, so it's more important for me to be able to give that opportunity and see how they can react on the pitch and how much they can contribute".

In his first season at Manchester United, Lukaku scored over 30 goals for Jose Mourinho's side, justifying his £75million move from Everton last summer. A disappointing quarter-final exit to eventual finalists Argentina in the 2014 World Cup and an embarrassing exit at the hands of Wales at the same stage of EURO 2016 saw Marc Wilmots lose his job as manager.

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