Belgium fans fear Harry Kane ahead of England World Cup clash

England Gut

The only thing yet to be decided is who will progress as group victor.

The last time England and Belgium met at a World Cup, David Platt volleyed a famous extra-time victor to send Bobby Robson's side into the quarter-finals if Italia 90.

Germany's Group F exit has blown one side of the draw wide open, but Southgate said his side feared no one after making an encouraging start in Russian Federation.

Well hopefully the last 16 will be a touch better. While the latter, in particular, can't be underestimated, the runner-up in England's group will fancy its chances against any of the trio. After taking on the victor of Group H, a quarterfinal matchup with Sweden or Switzerland awaits, and potentially Spain or Croatia in the semifinal.

With Germany suffering a shock elimination and Brazil not yet guaranteed to qualify, some have suggested finishing second in the group would give England, who are in the aforementioned pair's half of the draw, an easier route to the final.

If England and Belgium draw the match, the group winners will be decided by their fair play record - with the Three Lions now on one fewer yellow card.

However, the defending champions crashed out in calamitous fashion, while the other finalist from four years ago barely scraped it into the next round.

England manager Gareth Southgate once again reiterated his desire to win the game and continue a fine run of form but at his own pre-match news conference, Martinez stated three points were only part of the equation.

Belgium has just one victory in their previous 21 meetings with England, with their only victory coming in 1936. So I didn't think when Roy left there would be any enthusiasm for an internal appointment. Tomorrow we want to perform well but the priority is not to win. England were forced to battle for every blade of grass in that game, but came through with a win that helped ensure qualification with one game to spare.

"We're trying to develop a winning mentality and I can't imagine a situation where I stand in front of the group of players I've got and start talking to them about anything else", said the former under-21s coach.

He said: "For tomorrow I hope it will be a good game because I'm afraid second place may be better in the group".

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