Brazil? Argentina? Portugal? Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says they're ready for anyone

Romelu Lukaku

Neither team needed to win and there was good reason for neither to even want to win.

This means that if both teams draw tomorrow, the tiebreaker of who wins the group will be determined by "fair play points" which essentially means the team who has fewer cards. But that might not turn out to be the desirable outcome since the victory diverted Belgium onto the tougher potential path to the final.

Belgium have secured an arguably easier round-of-16 tie against Japan, but after that, Brazil potentially lie in wait in the quarterfinals.

If they manage to get over that huge hurdle, they have the intimidating prospect of France, Argentina, Uruguay or Portugal waiting in the semi-final.

"I don't think you can plan the ideal scenario", Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said.

'You can not plan the ideal scenario, you've seen big nations already eliminated. The teams feature 35 players from last season's Premier League between them, including the entire England roster, and are playing for the top spot in Group G as they both have two victories in two matches. Belgium made nine changes and still won.

Captain Harry Kane is the top goalscorer at the World Cup with five goals so far and the Tottenham talisman is likely to start against Belgium.

England is unbeaten in the previous 11 meetings with Belgium, and is unbeaten in the 2 matches both teams have played in the World Cup. "Now, rather than having players not on the training ground because they're recovering, we'll have a gym session on Friday and players ready to start training for Colombia the next day".

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'When you're a leader and a manager, you have got to make decisions that are right for your group and are right for the primary objective, ' the Three Lions boss said. Sometimes those decisions will be criticised and I understand that. The leading scorer in Russian Federation with five goals watched the match from the bench.

Belgium's Manager Roberto Martinez is expected to make at least 6 changes to his lineup with Romelu Lukaku (ruled out with an injury), Dries Mertens (ankle problem), Eden Hazard (nursing a calf problem) along with Thomas Meunier, Kevin De Bruyne and Jan Vertonghen all of whom are a booking away from suspension. "I think the supporters know what the most important thing is", said Southgate.

"That´s the reality. We wanted to qualify, we´ve done that".

What could have been a tantalizing match between two strong European teams turned out to be a bit of a letdown.

Finding space in the box, the 23-year-old cut in and fired the ball past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with his left boot.

On the other end, Kane's replacement up front for England, Jamie Vardy, tried his luck with a header.

There has been plenty of talk that a second-placed finish means England are in the easier half of the draw. Picking up possession on the edge of the penalty area, he shifted the ball around Danny Rose and curled it into the corner of the net.

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