With both nations having already qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup, England and Belgium will battle it out for top spot in Group G in Kaliningrad.
Belgium appeared to be favourites to top the group following their 5-2 win against Tunisia, but England’s stunning 6-1 win over Panama has moved them ahead of the Red Devils by the slimmest of margins – fair play rules.
Either side would top the group with a win on Thursday, but a draw would see the standings come down to either fair play rules – with England currently ahead with one less yellow card – or the drawing of lots should their disciplinary records end up equal after 90 more minutes of action.
Gareth Southgate will have to balance the desire to keep England’s momentum against the need to give England’s squad players minutes before the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez has dropped a big hint that Romelu Lukaku will be rested for the Group G decider.
England likely starting XI:
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Rose; Kane, Rashford
Belgium likely starting XI:
Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Dembele, Fellaini, Carrasco; Batshuayi, T. Hazard
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