The Red Devils thumped Tunisia 5-2, all-but securing qualification for the knockout stages, however three key players are unlikely to be available for the next game against England
Belgium look likely to ring the changes for their final group game against England after several stars picked up injuries.
The Red Devils beat Tunisia 5-2, featuring doubles for Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, but both Premier League stars are now doubts alongside Napoli’s Dries Mertens.
Only a Panama victory over the Three Lions on Sunday and a near-impossible goal-difference swing can prevent Belgium from reaching the knockout stages and manager Roberto Martinez admitted there will be ‘major changes’ for the England match.
“If we could have seven days to prepare for that game and then another seven days before the following game then we would start with the same starting XI,” said the former Everton boss.
“The reality is that we have qualified – you are only as good as the 23 players. There will be opportunities for others. We need to check the injury doubts Lukaku (ankle), Hazard (calf) and Mertens (knock to ankle).”
The deadly trio are unlikely to be risked, especially with the Red Devils strength-in-depth, which includes Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi who grabbed Belgium’s fifth.
If England are victorious on Sunday, both teams will have guaranteed qualification with only first-place left to play for.
The top two nations in Group G will play the countries who progress from Group H, and with Japan and Senegal currently in charge, it remains to be seen whether topping England’s group would be advantageous.
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Source : TalkSport