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

Dries Martens

Belgium fan Mark Moors, 50, from Brussels, said he agreed with his national team's manager and preferred a draw with England.

The scenario remains as many had predicted, but when the two sides meet at Kaliningrad Stadium tomorrow morning, the world will be watching for a different reason.

"It shows that with Italy and the Netherlands out before the tournament, Chile, who were in the Confederations Cup final, and now Germany, you can not relax and miss the opportunity to constantly improve".

Asked whether his priority is finishing first or second, he replied: "We think that we need to keep winning football matches".

In the other remaining first-round games on Thursday, Japan, Senegal and Colombia are all chasing the two qualification spots in Group H, with Poland out of the picture. "We want to breed a mentality that everyone in our squad wants to constantly win. Why we would be starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really".

Argentina only booked their place in the knockouts in the dying embers of their final group game, against Nigeria, while European champions Portugal and 2010 winners Spain were far from convincing in Group A.

Both sides have qualified for the last 16, and all that is to be resolved is who finishes top of group G.

Fortunately England manager Gareth Southgate is not getting carried away by the hype.

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"All players with a yellow card and with minor injuries, they will not play".

He said: "We've got loads of friends who were umming and ahhing whether to come".

That was despite the fact England have not won a knockout game since the World Cup in 2006.

"It will be a match with teams and players that know each other amazingly well", Mourinho continued.

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

How both sides approach the match will be a good indicator of their respective philosophies and team culture.

More than 2,600 tickets have been sold through the Football Association alone after the turnout for the opening game was believed to be England's lowest at a World Cup for 30 years.

England and Belgium have both already punched their tickets to the knockout round of the 2018 World Cup, but that doesn't mean that their matchup on Thursday will be without outcome. Lukaku vs England, Lukaku is injured. Harry Kane continues to lead the line but Marcus Rashford is preferred to Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy as the captain's strike partner.

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