England are likely to make a number of changes for their final Group G match against Belgium in Kaliningrad.
Opinion - When England lines up in Kaliningrad for their final pool match against Belgium on Friday morning, both teams will know exactly on which side of the draw they want to be for the knock-out stages of the FIFA World Cup. With qualification for the Round of 16 secure after the first back-to-back opening World Cup victories since 2006, it is not a must-win game, yet Gareth Southgate is a believer in competitive spirit and momentum, meaning that they will be out for victory. The final round of matches in group H take place at 3pm.
"That is what attracts everybody to World Cup".
Despite a huge scare for Lionel Messi´s Argentina, who needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to edge through to the knockout phase on Tuesday, all of the tournament´s remaining big guns are through to the last 16 in Russian Federation.
If England win, the star strikers looking to take them down are Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez, Mbappe, Neymar and Javier Hernandez.
This could create a insane scenario with both teams wanting to avoid success, or putting in a few nasty tackles to lose the Fair Play ratings.
Russian Federation 2018 will be his fifth World Cup. England have not won a knockout game at a major tournament in 12 years, and that includes defeat against Iceland.
Coutinho-Paulinho connection carries Brazil into the last 16
But Brazil broke swiftly from the ensuing corner and Coutinho played in Neymar who was denied again by Stojkovic. Brazil finished first in Group E and will next face Mexico in the round of 16 on Monday in Samara.
But in Belgium they face the world´s third-ranked side, and a squad loaded with world-class talent such as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.
Unlike Southgate, the former Everton and Wigan manager said he was approaching Thursday´s game with one eye firmly on the knockout rounds.
"I don't think he will be training on Wednesday, and I think we will make a final assessment tonight in order for him to be involved or not".
Pressed on whether Kane would start against Belgium, Southgate told Talksport: "As a manager you have to think of the whole squad and then your second thought is for individuals and their own situations, and that is a really complex balance in any business where you are managing people".
"Part of the discipline of being in tournaments is to minimise yellow cards so you have players available for future games".
England's Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot. Only Poland have been eliminated already, while Japan, Senegal and Colombia could all book their place in the last 16 on Thursday afternoon.