Jamie Vardy set to start ahead of Harry Kane

Jamie Vardy set to start ahead of Harry Kane

Jamie Vardy set to start ahead of Harry Kane

Group G at the World Cup is almost all but decided.

England fan Will Tomlinson, 34, who has travelled to Russian Federation, said he hoped for an English influx as the team progressed through the tournament.

Homes, pubs and big screen areas across England are expected to be packed on Thursday evening, while Downing Street has confirmed it will fly a St George's flag during the match.

England manager Gareth Southgate has made no fewer than eight changes for the final group game, taking the opportunity to rest some crucial players with little risk involved.

While there has been some debate in England over the merits of finishing second in the group and avoiding a possible quarter-final against Brazil, a match against Japan in Rostov next Monday would now appear to be a much more attractive option than a game against Colombia.

England and Belgium will progress to the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup World Cup regardless of which teams win the Group G showdown between the soccer powers Thursday, but this game might be a good measuring stick for the teams entering the knockout phase of the tournament.

Fabregas was recruited by the BBC for a punditry role during the first week of the World Cup, and football fans overall were impressed with his on-camera skills.

Depending on the outcome of other games, it may not be an advantage to finish top of the group, but both sides insist they won't take such calculations into account.

"But I knew that when somebody needed to step in that I was the best person to do that and keep the team on track and then I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would". England were forced to battle for every blade of grass in that game, but came through with a win that helped ensure qualification with one game to spare. "Why we would be starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really".

Captain Harry Kane is the top goalscorer at the World Cup with five goals so far and the Tottenham talisman is likely to start against Belgium.

"Tomorrow we want to perform well but I think the priority is not to win", he said.

"We want to win the game".

The Three Lions sit top of Group G going into the game, needing only a draw to advance from top spot against Belgium in Kaliningrad.

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