Belgium's Lukaku a doubt for England clash, says Martinez

Lukaku lifts the ball over Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo in their World Cup game. It finished 3-0

Lukaku lifts the ball over Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo in their World Cup game. It finished 3-0. Credit AP Victor R. Caivano

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku heeded his advice when scoring against Tunisia for Belgium on Saturday at the World Cup.

"The World Cup only respects winning teams", he said.

"It would be very risky and a real gamble to play any of the players that's got a yellow card against England", Martinez said. "We need players like him to perform so I am glad he did so well today".

Tunisia didn't make it easy for Belgium but couldn't deal with the might of the Red Devils' attacking talent who were clinical on the day.

A win for Germany in their final group game against South Korea will see them qualify to the next round, though it will be as runners-up should Mexico avoid defeat against Sweden. "We had to suffer in spells, but when we were in full flow we were sharp".

A polyglot known for waffles, chocolate and beer, the nation of 11 million hopes for soccer to join the national identity, boosted by a golden generation that includes Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bryune.

Belgium have made an impressive start to their campaign in Russian Federation with two high-scoring wins from their first two Group G games, which has put them top of the standings. I am just relaxed about the England game.

The United player now has four goals at Russian Federation 2018, making him joint top scorer alongside Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

"We need to look at Lukaku's ankle".

"There'll be opportunities for other players, there'll be opportunities to give minutes to other players who deserve them". Hazard scored with a sixth-minute penalty kick he earned by being tripped, and Lukaku angled a low, left-foot shot into the corner of the opposing goal.

In that scenario, first and second place come down to disciplinary records.

"We're not here to bring stories or try to fill pages for the wrong reasons". More than half the Belgium squad play their club football in England and, according to Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, this is another an important consideration.

The towering all-time leading goalscorer for his country (40) could not be stopped, scoring twice to take his tournament tally to four in two games.

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