Romelu Lukaku misses Belgium training ahead of England game

Romelu Lukaku misses Belgium training ahead of England game

Romelu Lukaku misses Belgium training ahead of England game

Gareth Southgate is confident England will rise to the "fantastic challenge" posed by Colombia and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

After opening up with a goalless draw against Uruguay, England rode the scoring form of Sir Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt through the early stages of the tournament before Sir Geoff Hurst famously came to the fore to sink West Germany in the final.

"Obviously Belgium have won, England have done well so far and they are going through to the next round".

Despite suggestions that finishing second in the final group standings would mean a more favourable knockout draw, England are expected to name a strong team for Thursday's clash in Kaliningrad, which means Harry Kane is likely to start.

"We are aware the margins are going to be really fine in these knockout phases, and we have got to be prepared physically to go to extra-time if needed, mentally to go to extra-time - and to go beyond that if that's what it takes".

"I think even tonight it was brilliant experience for people like Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) to play in World Cup matches".

"Of course, we have seen these big teams end up in the final in the past after a hard start".

"We know that depending on which players we pick in certain positions, we just have a different profile of threat. There are many things we take home with us and that will be good for our growth".

But Sterling is a Labour supporter who backed the party's shadow women and equalities minister Dawn Butler when she stood for parliament in 2015.

She watched her husband score a hat trick against Panama to become the highest goalscorer in the tournament.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is so far the only player to have broken into Southgate's preferred starting line-up as a result of Dele Alli's injury, but Jones said the substitutes' bench "celebrated every goal like we were on the pitch" in the 6-1 win over Panama.

"Sometimes those decisions will be criticised and I understand that because only one person has to make that decision".

"But we feel that we're a team who are improving".

Belgium became the first European nation to qualify for the World Cup after the hosts, booking their spot in September previous year.

A source close to the squad said: "We don't expect any issues regarding Harry".

"So, I had to balance that".

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