The scenario remains as many had predicted, but when the two sides meet at Kaliningrad Stadium tomorrow morning, the world will be watching for a different reason. "He has shown his value to us already both before the tournament and now during the tournament".
The knockout bracket of the World Cup is set with groups sending their top two teams to opposite sides, a process usually makes for a fairly evenly stacked bracket.
" It is understood that even the players have been surprised at how many changes Southgate is making for the Belgium game".
Speaking before the game, manager Southgate said he wanted to "breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win".
The Group G winners will be on the side of the draw that includes big names Argentina, France, Portugal and Brazil, while the only pre-tournament favourite on the runner-up's side is Spain.
"England must prepare and approach this game versus Belgium as if it was a knock out match - top the group and then and only then think about your next opponent".
"He has always played in every single game but since the start of the competition, we have not seen him".
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England manager Gareth Southgate pointed to Germany's shock World Cup elimination as a warning that every nation is vulnerable at Russian Federation 2018. 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. "Now we need to look at our individual players". Families and friends of other squad players are traveling out for the Belgium game in the hope they will play.
"You are thinking quarter-final, semi-final and I think that someone, including England, is going to have a huge opportunity".
But Southgate appears to be planning for the knockouts by resting his captain. The Belgians, though, are known for their pragmatism and may not be as anxious about this perception of right and wrong, if the pre-game chatter is to be believed.
"But to be involved in a World Cup is something you work all your life for". Lukaku vs England, Lukaku is injured.
Marcus Rashford could also come in for Raheem Sterling, who has underperformed so far in Russian Federation.
The players' performance will also be a factor in who wins the golden ball (the tournament's best player).