England arrive in Kaliningrad ahead of Belgium clash

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England arrive in Kaliningrad ahead of Belgium clash

It remains to be seen if Southgate will make a number of changes to his side for the game against Belgium in Kaliningrad or if he will stick to the strongest XI possible.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage will conclude with one of the most highly anticipated games of the tournament.

Germany's elimination, coupled with Argentina's failure to top their group, has left the bottom half of the draw very light on quality - and that is the half that the runner-up for England's group, Group G, will end up in.

England's manager is wary of his memories of the 2002 World Cup when he did not play a single minute and, while he wished his team-mates well, ultimately found it a frustrating time.

He said: "We've got loads of friends who were umming and ahhing whether to come".

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.

When the World Cup draw was first released, the final game of Group G between England and Belgium looked like a tantalising prospect - two European superpowers facing off in a match that would likely decide the group winners. We've not won a knockout game since 2006, so why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semifinal is beyond me, really.

"We need to keep winning football matches and we want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win", he told reporters.

"We're going to face tougher challenges in the next few games and at the moment we can't consider ourselves a top team until we start to beat one of those teams", said Southgate.

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England are level on points, goal difference and goals scored with Roberto Martinez's team.

The thrashing was infinitely more comfortable than last week's cagey win over Tunisia and victory ensured England cruised into the knockout stage with a game to spare. We want to perform well but the priority is not to win. "If I was going to speak about every player, I think every one of them deserves to play in the World Cup".

"I don't think he will be training on Wednesday, and I think we will make a final assessment tonight in order for him to be involved or not".

Historically, planning too far ahead has been a very unsafe game and many teams over the years have tripped up when resting players or taking the foot off the pedal to prepare for later matches.

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