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Romelu Lukaku will not start for Belgium against England in the World Cup

On Saturday, Lukaku recorded a pair of goals for the second consecutive game - both Belgium victories - to become the first player to score multiple goals in consecutive World Cup matches since Argentina's Diego Maradona in 1986. If that is tied, then the victor will be decided by a coin toss.

England manager Gareth Southgate is poised to give Eric Dier his first start in this World Cup, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is a booking away from suspension and Dele Alli who suffered a muscle problem against Tunisia are unlikely to feature against Belgium.

A win for any of the sides will see one of them topping the group while a draw would result in England topping the group on fair play, unless England gets more yellow cards than Belgium in this match.

Topping Group "G" means playing whoever will have finished second in Group H earlier on Thursday - Colombia, Senegal or Japan. While the latter, in particular, can't be underestimated, the runner-up in England's group will fancy its chances against any of the trio.

The victor of Group G, either England or Belgium, faces a potential quarterfinal matchup with Brazil, and a semifinal matchup with either France, Portgual, Argentina or Uruguay.

But the path to the quarter-final could see a match against Germany or Brazil for the victor - a question which will be determined before England and Belgium clash in Kaliningrad.

However, the defending champions crashed out in calamitous fashion, while the other finalist from four years ago barely scraped it into the next round.

The victor on Thursday will become only the third team, along with Croatia and Uruguay, to win all three group games.

Belgium boss Martinez said the England game was an opportunity to "refresh" his starting line-up with his side also safely through.

"We have qualified and that was the priority", Martínez told the media.

The hosts followed that win up with a qualification-sealing 3-1 win versus Mohamed Salah's Egypt in a game in which many fancied the Liverpool man to single handedly destroy Russia's equally ageing and inexperienced backline.

He said: "We have not won a knockout game since 2006".

Speaking before the game, manager Southgate said he wanted to "breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win".

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