15’ The Other Hazard
Thorgen Hazard, by the way in which, is the youthful brother of Eden. He had a quick spell at Chelsea a couple of years in the past however has performed for Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany since 2014.
12’: Both Sides Playing Hard
Now it’s England’s flip to get a header shut in, however its try on the again submit is stuffed and we stay scoreless.
It certain doesn’t seem like anybody’s enjoying for a tie, or to lose, at this level. Lots of intent each methods. Vardy simply shot a header broad once more after a very good run on the proper by Rashford.
10’: England Averts Disaster
What simply occurred?!?! Belgium crosses and Fellaini nods the ball again into the middle for Batshuayi. But he can’t get a clear hit beneath stress from Stones, and Pickford falls on it — solely to let it squeeze out and roll towards to line. Cahill, it appears, noticed what was taking place and slashed the ball away. But that would have been a catastrophe for England.
7’: Pickford Blocks
Huge probability for Belgium there however Youri Tielemans’ lengthy, dipping shot is pushed away by Jordan Pickford earlier than it may well dive beneath the crossbar. That one got here a great distance and in a rush, however he received his palms up within the nick of time.
5’: Premier League Reunion
So many Premier League membership connections on the sector tonight: Rashford and Jones with Fellaini at Manchester United, Rose and Dier with Dembele at Tottenham, Courtois and Batshuayi (now gone) with Cahill by way of Chelsea. And on and on ……
2’: Chance for England
Horrible giveaway on Belgium’s left sends England in on purpose, however the cross for Rashford on the spot is kicked away by Courtois.
1’: Rashford a Little Too Eager
Marcus Rashford tries to spring Jamie Vardy with the primary actual motion, however he hits a 50-yard ball when 15 would have finished.
England in white shirts and blue shorts tonight if you happen to’re studying alongside, Belgium all in crimson. Here we go.
England begins Phil “Walking Yellow Card” Jones in protection in a delicate try and degree Fair Play factors early.
Matthew Futterman: My one huge difficulty with the Southgate lineup is enjoying Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has a yellow card and misses the subsequent recreation with one other one. That’s a dumb threat. Just have Danny Welbeck play midfield. This recreation does not likely matter.
Playing to Win
A few former England World Cup gamers weigh in:
Backups Aren’t Too Bad
It’s additionally value noting that whereas England and Belgium haven’t despatched out their first groups, they aren’t sending out groups of plasterers, longshoreman and accountants, both.
Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy rating objectives for a residing, might most likely get two be accident in any recreation, and would certainly like to point out Gareth Southgate they need to play once more within the World Cup. The identical goes for Michy Batshuayi. nd if you happen to don’t assume Marouane Fellaini wouldn’t prefer to beat England, or anybody else for that matter, nicely, ……
Who Wants to Win?
England vs. Belgium is seen by some as a recreation neither workforce significantly needs to win. Sure, they’d moderately win the group. But the group winner goes into what most contemplate a far stronger facet of the knockout spherical bracket — alongside France, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. The runnerup faces what, on paper, is a far much less daunting path, and one which avoids the one true contender (Spain) till the semifinals.
• There’s nonetheless some severe debate on-line and on the NYT textual content messenger (you can still sign up!) about whether or not these groups ought to play to win or attempt to slide over into that perceived “safer” facet of the knockout bracket. But it’s laborious to inform reserves to not play in what could also be their solely World Cup minutes ever.
Of course, everyone seems to be in favor of honor and momentum till honor and momentum have you ever enjoying Brazil within the quarterfinals whereas the opposite man is working out in opposition to Switzerland.
Belgium and England are on a mixed run of 31 video games and not using a loss.
World Cup History
England and Belgium have solely met twice at a World Cup. In 1954, they completed with a wild, Four-Four draw. In 1990, David Platt scored in further time to offer England the 1-Zero victory. In 21 matchups throughout all competitions, England have misplaced to Belgium solely as soon as (Three-2 in May, 1936).
Second Stringers Get a Start
The second-string lineups, which have been telegraphed by each coaches, depart fairly a bit on the bench: Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and the injured Romelu Lukaku, amongst others, for Belgium. And Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Jesse Lingard sit for England, a minimum of to start out.
Belgium’s Starting Lineup
Goalkeeper: 1 Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
Defenders: 20 Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Three Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), 23 Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht)
Midfielders: 19 Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), eight Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), 16 Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), 18 Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), 17 Youri Tielemans (Monaco)
Forwards: 21 Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), 22 Nacer Chadli (West Brom)
England’s Starting Lineup
Goalkeeper: 1 Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders: 15 Gary Cahill (Chelsea), 16 Phil Jones (Manchester United), 5 John Stones (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Four Eric Dier (Tottenham), 21 Ruben Loftus Cheek (Chelsea), 22 Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool), Three Danny Rose (Tottenham), 17 Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
Forwards: 19 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), 11 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Should England Try to Lose?
Not everyone seems to be shopping for in to the ‘England should try to lose the group’ idea. Count Paul Hayward of the Daily Telegraph within the just-keep-winning camp. “Keep winning, keep developing, don’t assume they’d beat Sweden or Switzerland, don’t assume they’d lose to Brazil (who may not beat Mexico),” Hayward wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “Leave all that stuff to clairvoyants. Just win games.”
England’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and different gamers have been sending the identical message — don’t attempt to recreation the standings; simply win — after England’s 6-1 demolition of Panama. ”We don’t need to take our foot off the fuel with the performances we’re placing in proper now,” he mentioned.
Added defender John Stones: ”I need to win. If you go into it with a distinct mind-set, that second’s higher, it doesn’t finish nicely in my earlier expertise.”
The groups are presently tied atop the group on factors, purpose distinction, objectives scored — each tiebreaking standards, really. That means within the occasion of a tie at present, the group winner will likely be picked by way of every workforce’s disciplinary report, the so-called Fair Play tiebreaker. England presently leads there, with two yellow playing cards to Belgium’s three.