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Win over England not priority, says Belgium coach

28 June, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Carla Brady
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England hammered Panama 6-1 while Belgium thrashed Tunisia 5-2 last week.

England manager Gareth Southgate pointed to Germany's shock World Cup elimination as a warning that every nation is vulnerable at Russian Federation 2018.

"The reality now is that we are qualified and in a tournament like the World Cup you're only as good as the 23 players in your squad". "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".

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Yet he has never wavered from his view that the only policy should be to keep winning, keep building momentum and if Belgium are taking a different view, as appears to be the case, let them feel that way.

Both sides are also level on points, goal difference and goals scored.

"Equally, he is the captain and he knows he will be judged on how far we go as a team".




Among the Premier League stars on the national team rosters for this match are four of last season's top six goal scorers - England captainHarry Kane (Tottenham, second with 30 goals) and compatriots Jamie Vardy (Leicester City, fourth with 20 goals), and Raheem Sterling(Manchester City, fifth with 18 goals), and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United, sixth with 16 goals).

Both sides are assured of qualification for the knockout stages already but there is some debate over whether it is beneficial to finish in first or second. "We are in the fortunate position", Southgate said.

But the path to the quarterfinal could see a match against Germany or Brazil for the victor - a question which will be determined before England and Belgium clash in Kaliningrad.

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

While Kane is desperate to add to his tally of five goals in two games, Lukaku looks likely to be rested after suffering a knock against Tunisia.

"He has always played in every single game but since the start of the competition, we have not seen him". We're building a team that everyone back home can see are passionate to play for England, that want to win every time they go out and are improving every time. "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years".

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