Arsene Wenger will be pleased with Gareth Southgate's plans for Belgium clash

Danny Rose Danny Welbeck and Fabian Delph share a laugh during an England training session

ALEX MORTON GETTY IMAGES Danny Rose Danny Welbeck and Fabian Delph share a laugh during an England training session

Phil Jones has told ESPN FC he is relishing the prospect of lining up against Manchester United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini when England face Belgium in their final World Cup group game on Thursday. We've not won a knockout game since 2006, so why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semifinal is beyond me, really.

"No matter what I can say, actually getting the guys on the field is far more powerful than anything else I can talk to them about".

"The reality now is that we are qualified and in a tournament like the World Cup you're only as good as the 23 players in your squad".

"It's like a test for us, if you can keep a player like Harry Kane form scoring then you're keeping your focus and doing your defensive work well", he said.

England are ahead because of the fair-play rules, with only two bookings compared to Belgium's three, and Southgate joked that "if I go and headbutt Roberto [Martínez] in the last five minutes" the English public would know he was being disingenuous about wanting to win the group.

Reigning champions Germany labouring to an early exit and Argentina scraping second in Group D behind Croatia means the runners-up in England and Belgium's section could have a more comfortable run of games on paper.

"Italy and Holland were out of the World Cup before we got to this point".

Both teams are already through to the knockout stages, with the victor of their clash progressing as group winners.

Harry Kane's hat trick spurred England to a 6-1 victory over Panama, securing the Three Lions' place in the round of 16.

However, Marcus Rashford could come in for Raheem Sterling up front while Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Fabian Delph are all tipped to feature. "We do not have to risk him but if he is ready we will put him in".

Speaking in his prematch news conference on Wednesday, Martinez said the results from the scans had been positive for the long term, but fears Belgium's all-time top goalscorer may have to sit out the England encounter.

Belgium's players celebrate a goal during their 5-2 win over Tunisia.

"I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

"We're always talking with our players about discipline on the pitch, avoiding giving away unnecessary free-kicks".

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