Man Utd star Marcus Rashford reveals Belgium's BIGGEST threat against England

Gary Cahill

Southgate held his press conference yesterday afternoon, at the same time that news filtered through from Kazan that holders Germany had been dumped out of the tournament by South Korea.

"That is what attracts everybody to World Cup".

So you can almost take it as guaranteed that England will finish second but then lose in the last 16.

They'll play the winners of group H - one of Japan, Senegal and Colombia - in Moscow on Tuesday, kick-off 7pm.

Southgate has confirmed Eric Dier will start against Belgium, although the Tottenham man was only selected in 56% of your teams.

"But to be involved in a World Cup is something you work all your life for".

"We have won one knock-out match in the last 15 years or so, so our focus is to keep winning". "I don't think he will be training today and we will make a final assessment tonight".

But in Belgium they face the world's third-ranked side, and a squad loaded with world-class talent such as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.

But the frontman's message fell on deaf ears as Southgate snubbed the request to hand Jamie Vardy his first World Cup start instead.

Southgate hinted that he would make some changes to his starting 11 but did not go into specifics.

Lukaku has missed training this week after picking up an ankle injury in Belgium's 5-2 victory over Tunisia last Saturday, and has since had scans to discover the extent of the injury. "At that point it was one or the other", the ex-Wigan Athletic and Everton manager added.

Speaking to TalkSport, Southgate said: "As a manager you've got to think about the whole squad and then your second thought is always for individuals and their own situations - that's a really complex balance in any business when you're managing people, but I'm sure we will get that right".

"That´s the reality. We wanted to qualify, we´ve done that. There are players who have been in very demanding games so its very important for us to protect and give every player the best opportunity to be in the best condition in the knockout games".

The leading goal scorers at the tournament so far are Harry Kane with five goals for England. In the event of a draw, the two sides' fair-play record could decide who finishes top, with England boasting the advantage ahead of kick-off.

"Tomorrow is a good opportunity for us to grow".

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