Why Lukaku missed Belgium training ahead of crunch clash against England

28 June, 2018, 02:33 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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Romelu Lukaku will likely miss Belgium's Group G decider against England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday due to an ankle injury.

England have won their opening two games - scoring eight goals in the process - and are now the fourth favourites to go on and triumph at Russian Federation 2018.

"We think that we need to keep winning football matches", he said.

Takashi Inui: Betis winger Inui, who has joined the club from La Liga rivals Eibar ahead of next season, has been Japan's star player at the World Cup so far, scoring one against Senegal in their last game and making another - and he will be integral to their hopes of making the last-16.

"The signals from the Tottenham players in the Belgium squad are very positive - so that means he's a world class striker".

Ever since England beat Panama to seal qualification for the knockout stages he has faced questions about whether it would be better to finish as Group G runners-up, the logic being that it would mean avoiding Germany or Brazil in the quarter-finals. "We've learned an enormous amount from studying Germany as a team, last summer [at the Confederations Cup] not least, and implemented that".

Both sides are expected to ring the changes for their final group Group G game.

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If this World Cup has shown us anything, has it given us a glimpse of the new golden generation of England?

Southgate never announces his team officially until an hour before kick-off but he is acutely aware that Kane wants to be involved and has had to balance his captain's wishes with the possibility England's first knockout game could take place on Monday, four days after the Belgium game. "We are extremely proud of each other really".

However, Marcus Rashford could come in for Raheem Sterling up front while Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Fabian Delph are all tipped to feature.

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play", he said.

Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Meunier and Han Vertonghen are all one booking away from missing the last 16 and will not play against England, with boss Roberto Martinez unwilling to risk losing them.

NBCSN, the exclusive US cable TV home of the Premier League, will simulcast in Spanish the FIFA World Cup match between England and Belgium this Thursday, June 28, with live coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET from Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad.

"I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

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