Harry Kane set to start against Belgium

28 June, 2018, 13:41 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Eden Hazard trained but Romelu Lukaku sat out the session

Win the group and face this path.What if England lose?

To avoid the seemingly tougher side of the tournament, England would need to finish second in their own group, and this is where it gets interesting. The rest would be decided three hours before the whistle. Of course, given how the smaller teams have performed with South Korea beating Germany and Iceland holding Argentina, one shouldn't get too excited of facing a "weaker team".

"The priority is not to win", Martinez said. Players have been in very demanding games. Never set out to lose.

Expect drama and entertainment aplenty after impressive displays from both teams so far. Never give up against stronger opponents but never relent against weaker ones.

The players' performance will also be a factor in who wins the golden ball (the tournament's best player).

The Belgium coach is taking this game very seriously, but he intends to make the most of his team's early qualification by giving a few starters a breather and allowing his fringe players more time on the pitch. The match came to be known as the Disgrace of Gijon.

The victor of Group G will be placed in the "half of death". A draw will also do it if they pick up less yellow cards.

Quite so. Even tonight's match against Belgium is unlikely to be the test that Southgate would probably like. This means that if there's a draw, the victor will be decided by the fairplay score.

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The Manchester United striker has been in superb form so far in Russian Federation, scoring a brace in each of the wins over Panama and Tunisia.

It means the Three Lions will have a much-changed line-up for their finale against Belgium here in Kaliningrad - but Harry Kane did train with the group and wants to lead them in Thursday's game that will settle who finishes top and who goes into the last-16 as runners-up. "I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

"My inherent nature is that I like people to feel included, and be part of what we're doing", Southgate said yesterday.

"But I knew that when somebody needed to step in that I was the best person to do that and keep the team on track and then I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would".

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez on the other hand has vocally stated that 'winning isn't his priority.

Martinez said: "He had a really hard knock against Tunisia and probably Thursday is one day too early, but I don't think it is going to take any longer than that".

"I think there is a clear structure, there has been a real tactical awareness, there has been a change of system to go into different qualifying games".

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