Beating England not priority for Belgium boss Martinez

Harry Kane of England celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's sixth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Panama

If England win the World Cup Harry Kane will earn only slightly more than his new Spurs contract will give him every week Credit getty images

NBCSN, the exclusive US cable TV home of the Premier League, will simulcast in Spanish the FIFA World Cup match between England and Belgium this Thursday, June 28, with live coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET from Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad.

After an early burst, though, Belgium seemed more adept at picking up yellow cards that would have seen them finish behind England if the game ended in a draw due to a poorer disciplinary record. We are still a work in progress but that's not a bad thing at this stage'.

England haven't won a knockout game at a tournament since they beat Ecuador in the last-16 of the World Cup in 2006.

There has even been some talk that England might have an easier route at the World Cup if they lose in Kaliningrad.

Southgate said winning in Kaliningrad was his priority to keep England's momentum going into the knockout phase but that is not reflected in his team selection.

Such was the curious conclusion to the group stage at the World Cup on Thursday.

"That's normally one of the stories that's always written about every hotel we stay at, there's always something close-by to distract us", Southgate said. "Why we would be starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really".

But the Spaniard is seemingly not amused by the mass changes made by Roberto Martinez and Gareth Southgate, taking to Twitter to state his frustration that neither have gone with a full-strength team.

The 1-0 win for Roberto Martinez's much-changed team in Kaliningrad earns a second-round tie against Japan while England have a trickier-looking match against Colombia. I don't think it would be professional for us to risk those players missing a knockout game. 'I think here we've played extremely well.

'We know that depending on which players we pick in certain positions, we just have a different profile of threat.

Historically, planning too far ahead has been a very risky game and many teams over the years have tripped up when resting players or taking the foot off the pedal to prepare for later matches.

England's Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot.

They'll play the runners-up in group H - one of Japan, Senegal and Colombia - in the last 16 in Rostov-on-Don on Monday, kick-off 7pm.

If the match is a draw, with the two countries already joint on points, goals scored and goals conceded, it will come down to fair play.

Colombia have grown into this World Cup and can not be taken lightly.

Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia´s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle.

"We had a choice with our friendly matches to play teams who would be a bit easier, but we deliberately chose to play against top teams because we knew it would be better challenge".

Aliou Cisse´s Senegal will attempt to succeed where the rest of their continental rivals failed, with Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all out.

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