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Should England rest Harry Kane in the World Cup group G game against Belgium?

England vs Belgium at the World Cup, both teams can come top with a win.

As it stands it may actually prove more beneficial to finish second in the group as those who top it are on course to face Brazil in a possible quarter-final, compared to the prospect of either Switzerland or Sweden in the quarter-final for whoever finishes second.

Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea on Wednesday afternoon, meaning the holders finished bottom of Group F. It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not progressed beyond the first section of the tournament.

Group G at the World Cup is almost all but decided.

Despite a huge scare for Lionel Messi´s Argentina, who needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to edge through to the knockout phase on Tuesday, all of the tournament´s remaining big guns are through to the last 16 in Russian Federation.

"They have a brilliant opportunity first and foremost to play in a World Cup, they want to show what they can do".

England boss Southgate wants to allow forward Sterling to recharge his batteries to help him get back to his best form for the World Cup knockout phase starting early next week.

"We have won one knock-out match in the last 15 years or so, so our focus is to keep winning". "Our mentality is to win every game we can". Romelu Lukaku is definitely ruled out and both Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne are expected to be rested as well.

But Southgate did concede he would probably make some changes for a clash that neither side needs to win.

Opposite number Roberto Martinez is expected to make wholesale changes to his team, with Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku nearly certain to miss out after picking up an ankle knock in Belgium's 5-2 win over Tunisia.

Unlike Southgate, the former Everton and Wigan manager said he was approaching Thursday´s game with one eye firmly on the knockout rounds.

"I love this match, England/Belgium to decide something because if this match decides something it will be a match full of friends", Mourinho says. That is the reality, we have put ourselves in this situation, we wanted to qualify and we have done that. The Red Devils won't fear the Three Lions, largely due to the fact many of them play in England's Premier League and know how their abilities match up against their opponents.

"We've got loads of friends who were umming and ahhing whether to come", he said. If either team wins this match, they win the group and enter the group stage with momentum.


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