Harry Kane dropped as England prepare to play B team against Belgium

Martinez suggested he could change his entire outfield side for clash with England

England´s forward Harry Kane celebrates with England´s midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) after scoring a penalty during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, 2018.

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.

While their last 16 opponents are still to be determined, progressing as group winners would feed England into a potential quarter-final meeting with the winners of Brazil vs Mexico, with either France, Argentina, Uruguay or Portugal lying in wait in the semi finals.

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

"I have really enjoyed the tournament so far, but I have to say that no team has been special so far", stated O'Neill.

Belgium has fared little better - winning just one knockout game at the big dance since finishing fourth in the 1986 World Cup.

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

"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".

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"We are building a team that are passionate to play for England, they want to win every time they go out and are improving all the time, and I think we'll see that again".

"We´ve not won a knockout game since 2006".

The decision comes shortly after former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised Southgate for leaving Dier out of the starting line-up for the opening pair of fixtures.

That adds up to plenty of friendly rivalries and very few secrets as two teams with lots of shared history go head-to-head in the Group G decider on Thursday.

"We want to win the game".

"We want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win".

He said: "We've got loads of friends who were umming and ahhing whether to come. It is very important for us to protect and give every player the best possible programme to be in the best condition in the knockout game".

"If we can win great, but I think the priority is another one than just winning tomorrow".

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