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

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford

Both sides are expected to ring the changes for their final group Group G game.

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Their battle in Kaliningrad follows the dramatic exit of Joachim Loew´s 2014 winners, who finished rock bottom of their group after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea, the final humiliation after a campaign that never caught fire.

The only teams they have beaten in World Cups since 2006 are Slovenia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, and Panama.

Whoever finishes runners up of Group G will encounter Brazil or Mexico in the quarter finals, while the victor will face Sweden or Switzerland.

The England boss called the game "an opportunity for players that need a match because they have not played a while".

But coach Gareth Southgate said his team are focused on winning, not on plotting a particular route through the knockout stages.

Win every game and keep their momentum intact or lose now to go further in the tournament. The teams enter the game tied for first place, having won an equal number of points (six), scored the same amount of goals (eight) and conceded two apiece. Why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me.

Vertonghen is of the opinion that it will be a special match between two top quality sides who have looked solid in the opening stages of the World Cup.

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Iceland, on the other hand, were eliminated and finished the group at bottom after collecting only 1 point. Argentina took the lead early as Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the tournament in the 14th minute.

Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Toby Alderweireld are among the Belgium players who are with Premier League clubs.

Lukaku has missed training this week after picking up an ankle injury in Belgium's 5-2 victory over Tunisia last Saturday, and has since had scans to discover the extent of the injury.

Unlike Southgate, the former Everton and Wigan manager said he was approaching Thursday´s game with one eye firmly on the knockout rounds.

"At the moment he's still in the recovery phase but tomorrow is probably one day too early for him", Martinez said. That is the reality, we have put ourselves in this situation, we wanted to qualify and we have done that. "As team mates we know each other better than other opposition".

England's Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot.

'If there are three or four changes to be made we should make them as you won't get a chance to make those changes.

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

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