Harry Kane dropped as England prepare to play B team against Belgium

Harry Kane dropped as England prepare to play B team against Belgium

Harry Kane dropped as England prepare to play B team against Belgium

Who wins England-Belgium? And where does all the value lie? Kyle Walker is on a booking so will be rested for the last-16.

The Three Lions have enjoyed a strong start to this summer's campaigns, with wins over Tunisia and Panama.

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld underlined that fact, saying, "Belgium wants to win every 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. Premier League stars vs, er, Premier League stars.

Former England striker Alan Shearer said on BBC One he would make "two or three changes maybe, not four or five". This match could well be a dud. That would mean we top the group and then we can move forward.

That adds up to plenty of friendly rivalries and very few secrets as two teams with lots of shared history go head-to-head in the Group G decider on Thursday.

In contrast, the other half of the draw sees Group G runners-up face either Sweden or Switzerland (if they beat the Group H toppers - Japan / Senegal / Colombia).

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

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

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.

Eric Dier, who has only received a couple of seconds of World Cup action thus far, is set to start the match in the Kaliningrad Stadium. The win against Ecuador was their only win in the knockout stages.

Germany failed to make it past the World Cup group stage.

Besides, losing to avoid the heavyweights is a defeatist attitude that will only see doubt linger in the back of this young squad's minds. But they have played teams who have been tactically very good.

"That´s the reality. We wanted to qualify, we´ve done that". Martinez will doubtless keep faith with his beloved 3-4-2-1 formation as he introduces at least six new faces, with Thomas Vermaelen expected to return and Michy Batshuayi taking over from Romelu Lukaku up front.

"The majority of Belgian players, they play in England".

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