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Belgium and the Three Lions take it on with each other to see who tops Group G at the FIFA World Cup

by Shariq Vohra

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The Matchday 3 fixture of Group G in the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be played between England and Belgium on Thursday, June 28 at 6 PM GMT.

The two teams have faced each other twice before at the World Cup and the Three Lions have won one of them while the other one ended in a draw. Altogether, in World Cup games, England has scored 5 goals against the Belgium side and has conceded 4. In total, the two teams have faced each other 21 times out of which England have been victorious in 15.

The England Football Team have already qualified for the Round of 16 after winning their opening two matches against Tunisia by 2-1 and against Panama by 6-1. Their captain, Harry Kane, is currently the leading goal scorer of the tournament and is assisted by the likes of Jesse Lingard and Raheem Stirling in his side.

The Belgium team is not far behind than the Three Lions, having won their two matches, they have qualified for the knockout stage as well. They won 3-0 against Panama and then defeated Tunisia by 5-2. They have a star-studded line up with the likes of their captain Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.

Location

The Kaliningrad Stadium will be hosting about 35,000 fans for the match between England and Belgium. The stadium is located on Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad and has been made on the basis of Germany’s Allianz Arena. After the end of the World Cup, a part of the roof will be retracted and the seating capacity will be reduced to 25,000.

Predicted XI for England

Goalkeeper: Pickford

Defenders: Walker, Stones, Maguire

Midfielders: Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Jesse Lingard, Rose

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcos Rashford

Manager: Gareth Southgate

Predicted XI for Belgium

Goalkeeper: Courtois

Defenders: Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen

Midfielders: Meunier, De Bruyne, Dembele, Fellaini, Carrasco

Forwards: Rolmelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard

Manager: Roberto Martínez Montoliu

Key Players

England

Fans are wondering whether it will be Lukaku or Harry Kane who will end this match being the tournament’s top goal scorer. (Image source: Instagram/ FIFA World Cup)

England: England captain, Harry Kane, is the leading goalscorer of this World Cup and is certainly looking very threatening to all the other sides at the World Cup.

Belgium: Romelu Lukakau has now scored 40 goals in his 71 appearances for the Belgium side and, thus, became the first player to score twice in two consecutive World Cup matches when Diego Maradona scored, in 1986.



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