Belgium's De Bruyne set to miss 'celebration' England clash

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With both England and Belgium through to the last 16, Martinez admitted the sting had gone out of Thursday's clash in Kaliningrad, describing it as "almost a celebration" for both sides.

The loss to Roberto Martinez's side meant England finished second in Group G, setting up a hard looking knockout tie against the South Americans in Moscow on Tuesday.

Belgium have already qualified for the last 16 at Russian Federation 2018, but top spot in Group G will be up for grabs when they take on England in Kaliningrad on Thursday. So much of his game is about athleticism, so if he is at all held back by this injury, there is a danger that we could be weaker as a result. "So, why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really".

Southgate's lineup, including nine reserves, said more about the importance he placed on the Belgium game than anything he could say but he maintained his decisions had more to do with keeping first-choice players fresh than picking an opponent. Marcus Rashford is expected to take Raheem Sterling's place and Dele Alli is available again after training for the past two days.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez knows that after his 1-0 victory over England, there is a possibility of the team meeting Brazil in the quarter finals but believes in the philosophy that you have to be prepared to beat the best.

By now we know the eight Round of 16 match-ups, perhaps none more fascinating than France versus Argentina (though Brazil vs. Mexico is in with a shout).

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Their point earned against Denmark could've helped them if they had beaten Peru , and recorded better goal difference than the Danes.

The Belgium coach highlighted the work of Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Thorgan Hazard, Marouane Fellaini and Adam Januzaj, the player who scored the only goal of the game.

"I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

It's inspired plenty of debate among supporters, with some feeling that the team should not be looking beyond the next game and therefore aim for the most winnable next match.

'He's misled us over the last two days and I like that.

"We have seen the level everyone has been playing at and we need to keep improving".

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