England vs. Belgium: Striker showdown or B-team outing?

England vs. Belgium: Striker showdown or B-team outing?

England vs. Belgium: Striker showdown or B-team outing?

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez gestures during the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. Or it could be a battle of B teams.

Until Kane re-directed Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot for his hat-trick and England's sixth against Panama, Lukaku was joint top of the Golden Boot table with Cristiano Ronaldo on four.

"I'm a goalscorer so I'm here to score goals, but at the end of the day I want to help my team-mates reach something so we are working hard", Lukaku said. "He's gone ahead of some major, major names in English football history in terms of World Cup goals", Southgate said.

However, Courtois says it is important to continue building momentum throughout a tournament, while adding that the fact numerous Belgium players are facing their Premier League team-mates adds extra incentive.

"We need to look at Lukaku's ankle". However, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens, struggling with calf and ankle problems respectively, did participate.

They wanted to win from the beginning, press high up.

"We have achieved our first goal, now we have to make sure that our team stays at its strongest, of course we want to do well against England, but our team must be equally strong after that match", the former Wigan and Everton boss commented.

For Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, the question over which player was the Greatest Of All Time - jokingly referred to as the Goat - had been answered.

"It's just the second game, we just need to keep improving like we are doing now. He took a knock and has to be assessed", said Martinez, who revealed man-of-the-match Eden Hazard also picked up an injury. I don't want to go back to England in July with a losing feeling.

He said: "He's a very clever player on the pitch and we have seen that". "I feel good. There are enough days between matches. I am ready if the coach needs me".

Belgium and England are now locked at the top of Group G with identical records, but a draw will mean that fair play could be factored into the calculations of who wins the group. That means it could come down to the teams' disciplinary records and if that doesn't separate them, drawing lots.

After completing the group stage against England on Thursday, Belgium would face Colombia, Poland, Senegal or Japan in the second round, and then could have a possible quarterfinal against Germany, Brazil or Mexico. The Group G runner-up plays the victor of Group H.

Just as England are evolving a fresh, open approach with the national team, lightening the experience by throwing old feelings and dead ideas over the side, so too are Belgium learning to embrace worldwide competition free of anxiety and fear.

Kevin De Bruyne played as if he were in a sky blue shirt, an indefatigable menace, perpetual locomotion in the middle of the park.

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