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Belgium's De Bruyne set to miss 'celebration' England clash

Belgium's De Bruyne set to miss 'celebration' England clash”

The group stage of the World Cup draws to a close on Thursday, with England and Belgium fighting for top spot in Group G. Against a defence as porous as Panama's has proved in their first two games of the tournament, he could well add to that tally.

"We know what Felli is capable of", Jones said.

"No matter what I can say, actually getting the guys on the field is far more powerful than anything else I can talk to them about".

Panama, appearing at the first ever World Cup, are one of the tournament's minnows, but that doesn't make the English faithful, and former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, aren't getting a little carried away. Yet a troubled start for Germany means the Group G victor risks coming across either the defending champions or a feared Brazil earlier in the knockout rounds.

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England face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with both teams having already secured a place in the round of 16, but Southgate admits that Germany's fate is a timely reminder of what can happen if anything is taken for granted. 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. We'll study that and relish the challenge of playing against him.

"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". OK, we know what they don't have - experience - but what's just around the corner for them?

However, Marcus Rashford could come in for Raheem Sterling up front while Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Fabian Delph are all tipped to feature.

A second-placed finish for England would mean Sweden are potential opponents in the quarter-finals, should England get past a last-16 game against Japan, Colombia or Senegal.

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Belgium's players celebrate a goal during their 5-2 win over Tunisia.

"We are in the fortunate position, we do not have to risk him but if he is ready, we will put him in". "We want to breed a mentality that everyone in our squad wants to constantly win".

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round, but we are pleased we are in it".

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