Arsene Wenger will be pleased with Gareth Southgate's plans for Belgium clash

"They know everything about each other and [there is] lots and lots of quality in both teams".

Despite top spot in the group still being up for grabs, though, Southgate said neither he nor his team would be tempted into playing the long game and thinking about who they might face out of Group H when they open up knockout-round play.

The other side of the bracket, though, could be a bit easier for the runner-up in Group G thanks to Germany's collapse.

The Croatian believes England should try their best to win against Belgium in order to build confidence for the rest of the tournament. If that is tied, then the victor will be decided by a coin toss.

Belgium and England have been two of the most impressive teams at the 2018 World Cup thus far, though they haven't exactly faced tough competition as of yet.

"We have qualified and that was the priority", Belgium coach Roberto Martínez told reporters on Wednesday.

"But I think it's the same like Belgium they have a great attack and then the defence there might be some weakness". "We want to win".

"That's the reality. We wanted to qualify, we've done that".

Jesus Gallardo Receives Fastest Yellow Card In World Cup History
But, because of the way the World Cup draw works, Germany's defeat meant the Mexicans were progressing through to the next round. The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F, taking the beaten Mexicans with them.

"There are players on yellow cards". Players have been in very demanding games.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey admits that he was once asked to book a player who had one eye on upcoming games, with it possible that a similar situation could unfold in Kaliningrad.

Martinez also said that his team would be looking to perform well against Gareth Southgate's squad in their group-stage finale, but that winning the match was not the goal on Thursday. "That would mean we top the group and we would go into whatever game we go into moving forward". We expect several changes to personnel, given the strength and depth in the England squad, and Southgate's desire to ensure that those he may need to call on in the knockout phase have had match minutes.

Whether Southgate's comments are just lip service or a statement of intent remains to be seen.

"Kane is strong, he has confidence right now, he wants to be the top scorer".

Lukaku lies joint second alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot, one shy of England captain Harry Kane, who has five.

Southgate was adamant nothing other than three points against Belgium has been discussed, insisting his side are prepared for the prospect of facing more hard opponents, having beaten Panama and Tunisia so far in Russian Federation.

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