Why Lukaku missed Belgium training ahead of crunch clash against England

Lydia FlemingJun 28, 2018

The huge 2018 World Cup Group G clash between England and Belgium will be broadcast on NBCSN this Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. We've not won a knockout game since 2006, so why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semifinal is beyond me, really. "Until now and I don't know why but he has not been used at all".

Belgium too are preparing to field a much-changed side, but Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne have already pleaded with their head coach Roberto Martinez not to drop them.

"Even as a young player you maybe only get one World Cup".

Both teams have beaten Tunisia and Panama to reach six points and secure passage to the last 16, so the anticipated battle between the two strongest sides in the group has lost its edge.

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

Reigning champions Germany labouring to an early exit and Argentina scraping second in Group D behind Croatia means the runners-up in England and Belgium's section could have a more comfortable run of games on paper.

Ronaldo earns edgy Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco's hopes end
Later in the day, Spain are back in action and will be expected to get the job done against Iran in another Group B tussle. When they managed to stop appealing and resumed play, Morocco looked risky and were the dominant side in the second half.

If this World Cup has shown us anything, has it given us a glimpse of the new golden generation of England? "We have to keep building that belief and building those experiences".

Vermaelen's task tomorrow night will be to try and stop in-form England captain Harry Kane.

Harry Kane (24), Raheem Sterling (23), John Stones (24), Dele Alli (22), Jesse Lingard (25), Marcus Rashford (20) and Eric Dier (24) should all still be around in Qatar, with Trent Alexander-Arnold (19) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (22) also emerging as stars of the future. "The reality is we put ourselves in this situation we wanted to qualify and we have done that".

NBCSN, the exclusive USA 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.

With that in mind, Martinez said he was unlikely to field any players who have a yellow card in case they picked up another and are disqualified from the round of 16. "We want to breed a mentality that everyone in our squad wants to constantly win".

"We're always talking with our players about discipline on the pitch, avoiding giving away unnecessary free-kicks".

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