Five-goal Belgium say stand by for more

Five-goal Belgium say stand by for more

Five-goal Belgium say stand by for more

Speaking after the game, Martinez explained that Lukaku injured an ankle ligament, while Hazard strained his calf and Dries Mertens also hurt his ankle.

"We need to create momentum in the squad".

"That gives them the confidence and the experience to play at the highest level. There will be major changes against England".

Despite topping Group G with six points and a goal difference of plus-six, there is still the slimmest of chances Belgium might yet not qualify, though even a heavy defeat in their final game against England would be extremely unlikely to derail them.

Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku set another record in their match against Tunisia on Saturday.

"He will tell you, he's not here to be the top goalscorer in the World Cup", Martinez told the Guardian.

Former England captain Alan Shearer - who scored twice at the 1998 World Cup and was top scorer at Euro '96 - says winning the Golden Boot would be life-changing for Lukaku or Kane.

'It's easy to play with Lukaku - pass him the ball and he scores every time.

England and Belgium have nearly identical records: both teams now have six points, both teams have scored eight goals each and conceded two. "I think everyone feels that way".

Martinez, who spent 28 million pounds to buy Lukaku from Chelsea in July 2014 when he was coach of Everton, has a different view over Lukaku's role in the Belgium side than Eden Hazard. "So after five minutes we scored, and we controlled the game".

When pressed on whether Belgium are now a good bet for the trophy, Martinez said there was a need to build the players' own expectations, balancing focus and self-confidence.

Panama did get a consolation goal though, their first ever at a World Cup. "We've got used to it, try to work on it internally", he said.

Lukaku has often been compared with the Ivorian striker due to the club they shared as well as their style of play and the fact that they've both played for Jose Mourinho.

Their attacking prowess was always going to be their strength at the tournament and their impressive display in Moscow's Spartak Stadium on Saturday, which took their goal tally to eight - as many as Russian Federation - from two matches, merely confirmed their status as a genuine outside bet for the title.

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