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Jose Mourinho sees England's a Group G decider with Belgium as being a "match full of friends" but which players will be cut from their opponents' Christmas card list when the final whistle blows in Kalinigrad on Thursday?

"We are happy that tomorrow is probably one day too early, but I don't think he is going to take any longer than that".

As things stand, Southgate's side have collected two cautions - to Kyle Walker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek - while Martinez's men have three bookings to their name - to Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier and Kevin De Bruyne.

"We need to keep winning football matches and we want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win", said the manager, who has created a relaxed atmosphere for his young charges.

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"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round, but we're pleased we're in the next round".

"That's the reality. We wanted to qualify, we've done that". That's what attracts everyone to World Cups and European Championships.

"We've not won a knockout game since 2006", he said.

In the form of captain Harry Kane, England have Russia's top goalscorer so far with five, and the Tottenham talisman is likely to start against Belgium.

Southgate hinted that he would make some changes to his starting 11 but did not go into specifics.

Prime Minister Theresa May will be in Brussels for a European Union summit at the same time as the game, but a senior United Kingdom official said she would be made aware of the score "if needs be". They play in the same teams as the English players. Roberto Martinez and Gareth Southgate have hinted that they might make wholesale changes to their squads but given the cards that have been dealt at this particular tournament, the team that finishes runners up has a much easier route to the final.

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

Lukaku has missed training this week after picking up an ankle injury in Belgium's 5-2 victory over Tunisia last Saturday, and he has since had scans to discover the extent of the injury. If they are lucky enough to advance to the semi-final, they will be greeted by one of France, Argentina, Portugal or Uruguay.

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