England vs Belgium highlights: World Cup 2018 prediction, team news and line-ups, live stream online, head to head
When in form England face Belgium on Thursday England are now the fourth favourites to go on and triumph at Russia 2018. england have won their opening two games – scoring eight goals in the process – The former Arsenal defender has been impressed with England’s progress since Gareth Southgate took charge and is not surprised how successful they have been so far This is a conundrum that Belgium have been wrestling with for some time. Marc Wilmots did not come close to finding the answers at Euro 2016 as his side were outfought and out-thought by a spirited and united Wales side in their quarter-final. Roberto Martinez is the man now tasked with ensuring Belgium are as good as the sum of their parts.
England captain Harry Kane expects to start England’s final Group G fixture against Belgium as he continues his pursuit of the World Cup’s golden boot.
Vermaelen’s task tomorrow night will be to try and stop in-form England captain Harry Kane. England captain harry Kane already has scored five goals to his name in the world cup, edging him one clear of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the goalscoring charts. The Manchester United striker suffered an ankle injury against Tunisia last time out.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez Said in press confress that Lukaku had a scan which “brought us good news” but added facing England was “one day to early for him”.”I don’t think it is going to take any longer than that,” the former Everton manager said.
Southgate feels the fact his country last won outside of the group stages at a major tournament in 2006 should override any plotting on the behalf of his youthful and in-form side.
“We think that we need to keep winning football matches and we want to breed a mentality where everyone in our squad wants to constantly win,” he told a pre-match news conference.
“We’ve not won a knockout game since 2006; why we’re trying to plot what would be a better route for our semi-final is beyond me
“First and foremost, I think it’s really important that we are building a team that everyone at home can see are passionate about playing for England and want to win every time they go out.”
England are level on points, goal difference, and goals scored with Roberto Martinez’s team. In the event of a draw, whoever is better off in terms of FIFA’s fair play table would win the group. Both England and Belgium are level on points, goal difference and goals scored.That means if they draw their disciplinary records will decide who tops the group.If they are the same, lots will be drawn to determine who finishes top
England vs Belgium Start time
England and Belgium meet at Kaliningrad Stadium on Thursday, June 28, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm BST.The match will be televised live on ITV One and can be streamed live online via the ITV Hub.
England vs Belgium Head to head
England have a good record against Belgium, winning 15 of their 21 meetings against the Red Devils. The two nations have met twice at World Cups, with a 4-4 draw in 1954 and a 1-0 win for the Three Lions in 1990.
England vs Belgium Predicted line-ups
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Rose; Vardy, Rashford
Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Dembele, Fellaini, Carrasco; Batshuayi, T. Hazard