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

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Martinez said Kane's form came as no surprise because he knew the Tottenham man was ready to take on leadership duties in the England camp.

World champions Germany finished bottom of Group E following their 2-0 defeat against South Korea on Wednesday, ruling out the prospect of a potential quarterfinal clash with England in Kazan, while Argentina required an 86th minute victor against Nigeria on Tuesday to avoid being knocked out.

The Three Lions take on Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday evening (Friday morning AEST), with both teams already assured of their place in the last 16 after taking six points from six in Group G.

"He has always played in every single game but since the start of the competition, we have not seen him".

"Indirectly, they've had a big bearing on what we're doing now, but in sport and in life you have to keep evolving. It just shows that any team can be vulnerable". Chile, in the Confederations Cup final a year ago, didn't qualify for Russian Federation, and now Germany. "At this moment my thoughts are with the players who haven't played as much, but I have to consider everything before I decide upon my team". The margins are so fine within the matches. "We are extremely proud of each other really".

Belgium's attack once again shines and in this one a bit more than England's, to win the group.




"That's what is brilliant about tournaments". Three goals in four games for his country in 2018 have made him as close to a guaranteed starter as it gets.

Spain didn't do too badly with theirs, with Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Fernando Torres and the rest delivering two European Championships and a World Cup, but they are something of an exception to the rule. "The thrill to be a part of it is fantastic".

"There'll be opportunities for other players, there'll be opportunities to give minutes to other players who deserve them". "If we could have seven days to prepare the game and then have seven days for the next game I would say carry on with the same starting 11". "We want to breed a mentality that everyone in our squad wants to constantly win".

"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.

"It's important we finish top", he said.

'He wants to contribute to a winning team and he knows it is not as satisfying if you are a player scoring goals and the team does not win'. That's the way we are looking at it.

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