Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

England v Belgium. What will the score be?

England v Belgium. What will the score be?

Germany's exit has no bearing on England preparations for the World Cup latter stages, and they will be going all out to win their final Group G match against Belgium, coach Gareth Southgate said on Wednesday.

And Vardy is to get the nod tonight despite Kane battling for the Golden Boot.

Southgate appears to be gesturing towards saying yes.

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.

Kieran Tripper has impressed with his performances on the right but Trent Alexander-Arnold has been preferred, while Ashley Young makes way for Tottenham's Danny Rose.

The left hand side of the draw is stacked with quality.

In the event of a draw, the two sides' fair-play record could decide who finishes top, with England boasting the advantage ahead of kick-off.

"With Romelu Lukaku we had very good news on the scan". "We've learned an enormous amount from studying Germany as a team, last summer [at the Confederations Cup] not least, and implemented that".

" It is understood that even the players have been surprised at how many changes Southgate is making for the Belgium game".

England´s forward Harry Kane celebrates with England´s midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) after scoring a penalty during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, 2018.

"We've not won a knockout game since 2006", he said.

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Speaking before the game, manager Southgate said he wanted to "breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win".

"Best to focus on tomorrow".

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round, but we're pleased we're in the next round. I'm looking forward to seeing us play again".

"Kane can hurt us", he said.

"That's his decision, I guess, but obviously I want to play".

There have been two games so far that have produced seven goals in each.

Kane and Ronaldo were the only players to have scored a hat-trick in the tournament at the time of going to print. "Hopefully I can just continue and take it into Thursday's game".

While their last 16 opponents are still to be determined, progressing as group winners would feed England into a potential quarter-final meeting with the winners of Brazil vs Mexico, with either France, Argentina, Uruguay or Portugal lying in wait in the semi finals. You do, of course, as a player. Or shall they go all out and build confidence for the rest of the tournament?

"From your legs to your mental approach, I think it all factors in". Sweden or Switzerland would await in the last eight with one of Spain, Russia, Croatia or Denmark standing between them and a place in the final. Both will be vying for top spot in Group G as they lock horns in Kaliningrad.

Japan need just a point to guarentee their place in the enxt round, as do Senegal.

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