Beating England not priority for Belgium boss Martinez

Beating England not priority for Belgium boss Martinez

England and Belgium will battle it out in a first-place play-off on Thursday evening and plenty of players are set to be rested for the game. The game likely will hinge on one or two magic moments, and Belgium holds a decided advantage in this regard.

"I think the level of the game will be high, higher than perhaps if there are no changes given that both teams are through", he said.

'Roberto Martinez is planning on making changes as he's planning to win the competition.

"World Cups are all about momentum", he said. The reality is we put ourselves in this situation we wanted to qualify and we have done that.There are players with yellow cards and I don't think it would be professional for us to put those players in a risk to miss the knockout phase.

England has won just six knockout games at major tournaments since winning the World Cup in 1966 and only two at World Cups since 1990. "From Belgium's point of view, if the rumours are true and they are resting ten players in this game, they are thinking they want to get into the other half of the draw and avoid Brazil, Uruguay, France, Argentina and Portugal".

Of course, that's all assuming England can navigate their way past the last 16 stage; by no means a guarantee with Colombia one of three sides awaiting them alongside Senegal and Japan. They play in the same teams as the English players.


"Even before today you'd say there have been some great games and all the top teams have got through, but actually now they haven't".

Deliberately losing any competitive match - let alone one in a major tournament - is an unpalatable thought for many fans, despite some commenters suggesting it as a viable option.

Granted, England might not have to lose to finish second.

Although England and Belgium are now top of the group with the same points, goal difference, and goals scored, England are top since they have a better disciplinary record. "We have to keep building that belief and building those experiences". I've never gone on the pitch and not tried to win the game or to take a draw.

"If I go and headbutt Roberto in the last five minutes, then you'll know that maybe we're taking a different approach to getting through", Southgate joked.

"We want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win".

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