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Belgium boss admits he will ring the changes for England clash

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that he will make changes for his sides final Group G game against England on Thursday.

Both teams are already qualified for the second round of the World Cup after beating minnows Tunisia and Panama, and will face off in the Kaliningrad Stadium to see who will win their group.

When asked if he would use this game as an opportunity to give some game time to players who have not featured much in his sides opening two games Martinez said:

“It could be an option.

“If I was going to speak about every player, I think every one of them deserves to play in the World Cup.

“So it’s more important for me to be able to give that opportunity and see how they can react on the pitch and how much they can contribute.

“Nobody has got a place guaranteed in this team at the moment. That’s the way we are looking at it. So it could be a possibility do that, yes.”

The former Everton boss did however pretty much confirm that he would leave out Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen, and PSG full back Thomas Meunier who have all received a yellow card and are therefore at risk of missing their sides last 16 tie.

“What matters now is looking after our suspensions,” said the Spaniard.

“I think it would be very risky and a real gamble to play any of the players who are on a yellow card against England, because you don’t want to have any player missing for the knockout stage.”

Regardless of who prevails on Thursday night, the winners and runners up of Group G will face the winners or runners up of Group H, which will either be Japan, Colombia or Senegal.

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