Belgium fans fear Harry Kane ahead of England World Cup clash

Romelu Lukaku's team-mate Eden Hazard

"We had a choice with our friendly matches to play teams who would be a bit easier, but we deliberately chose to play against top teams because we knew it would be better challenge".

For that reason, don't be surprised if you see a few extra fouls between the two sides on Thursday.

"It shows that with Italy and the Netherlands out before the tournament, Chile, who were in the Confederations Cup final, and now Germany, you can not relax and miss the opportunity to constantly improve".

'I've never heard anything more ludicrous in all my life than people trying to plot whether we should finish first or second.

"We want to win the game", said Southgate. I would love my team to keep winning, keep winning, keep winning.

The Group G winners will be on the side of the draw that includes big names Argentina, France, Portugal and Brazil, while the only pre-tournament favourite on the runner-up's side is Spain.

Dier sat alongside Southgate for Wednesday's press conference and the England manager confirmed that the versatile Spurs man would indeed start for their final group game.

Fortunately England manager Gareth Southgate is not getting carried away by the hype.

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play", said Southgate. We expect several changes to personnel, given the strength and depth in the England squad, and Southgate's desire to ensure that those he may need to call on in the knockout phase have had match minutes. "I'm looking forward to seeing us play again".

Japan coach Akira Nishino has warned his players against complacency when they meet the already eliminated Poles.

"You are thinking quarter-final, semi-final and I think that someone, including England, is going to have a huge opportunity".

England and Belgium have both already punched their tickets to the knockout round of the 2018 World Cup, but that doesn't mean that their matchup on Thursday will be without effect.

More than 2,600 tickets have been sold through the Football Association alone after the turnout for the opening game was believed to be England's lowest at a World Cup for 30 years.

Both England's Harry Kane and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku are both leading the goal tally at the moment, with five and four respectively.

Marcus Rashford could also come in for Raheem Sterling, who has underperformed so far in Russian Federation.

This added individual wrinkle - along with the players' natural competitiveness - will certainly effect how both sides approach tomorrow's match.

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