Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Thibaut Courtois hints at Blues future before England vs Belgium

Thibaut Courtois hints at Blues future before England vs Belgium

Belgium scored freely via braces by Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, as well as a late goal by Michy Batshuayi, but were less impressive at the back.

"It's like a test for us, if you can keep a player like Harry Kane form scoring then you're keeping your focus and doing your defensive work well", he said. "We want to be a group that cares about each other and find a way to feed all the exceptional individual talent we have", said Martinez, who has spoken of his admiration for how Belgium's cultural and linguistic diversity also creates adaptable players.

Martinez said Lukaku and Hazard, who were withdrawn in the second half, and midfielder Dries Mertens had slight injuries and could be among a series of changes for the England game. "Obviously I want to play, I want to perform".

Belgium scored five goals in their win over Tunisia, but Steve Nicol says their issues at the back could prove costly in the World Cup.

After England boosted their goal difference with a 6-1 win against Panama they joined Belgium at the top of Group G, and there is absolutely nothing to separate the two.

Germany or Brazil now look odds on to appear in the quarter where the winners will go even if the clear consensus among the Belgium players, who are now unbeaten in 21 games, is that the greatest danger just now rests in a loss of momentum.

Drogba told BBC that he worked with Lukaku at Chelsea on that technique as he went through on goal.

"There were some moments (against Tunisia) that were not so good so we will try and improve that in the next couple of games".

"I felt something in my calf in the first half but nothing big and I think I will be OK tomorrow", said Hazard.

Their final round-robin game - against England - will provide a deeper insight into how Hazard, Lukaku and Co can measure up when up against an opposition of real pedigree.

Lukaku's performance vs Tunisia however caught the eye of many for more than one reason.

Toni Kroos rescued holders Germany from the brink of an unthinkable early World Cup exit here Saturday, curling home a sensational victor in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Sweden.

England would obviously much rather face the Chelsea forward than Lukaku, but could actually face an easier route through the tournament should Belgium top the group depending on other results, such as Mexico beating South Korea.

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