Romelu Lukaku a Doubt vs. England; Ankle Injury Diagnosed as Ligament Damage

Jo Caldwell
June 28, 2018

Or it could be a battle of B teams.

For Romelu Lukaku, joint top scorer so far in Russian Federation with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Henry is an inspiration.

Lukaku clipped a right-foot shot over advancing goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha to match Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals as the tournament's leading scorer.

Having described England as much "improved" and a "very young, talented squad", Alderweireld said Belgium were looking beyond Thursday's game.

That was seconded by Didier Drogba, who was at the Blues when Lukaku arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2011.

"He's sitting really proudly at the top".

'I never thought of scoring twice at the World Cup, ' Stones said.

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The Three Lions will also be hoping to replicate the former's success against Panama, and as things stand, the two favorites have more or less guaranteed a spot in the round of 16.

He juggled Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and Michy Batshuayi but failed to find a formula to reward the pressing and passing of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens.

"I didn't see the Tunisia-England game but the fact they had to win meant that they tried to press us and that gave us the space we needed", he said.

"I have to get the strikers into situations where they can score".

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld echoed that sentiment. "Ever since we were drawn in this group we knew Belgium were going to be a tough opponent", said the 56-year-old Maaloul.

"It would be risky and a real gamble to play any of the players who have yellow cards because you don't want a player missing in the knock-out stage", he said.

"It's been a joy since the day we came together to see a group of players working so hard for each other".

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Alderweireld, for one, doesn't feel like sitting out a match.

"As a kid I never thought I could get a chance to play for England, never mind score. He did it again today and I'm happy I matched his performance".

Whoever wins the group could possibly face defending champion Germany or Neymar and Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Sadly for the fans, Belgium and England are ready to rest and rotate.

"Me and Rom (Romelu Lukaku) used to have some good battles in trainings when we were at Everton".

Another Manchester City star, Belgium center back Vincent Kompany, looks to be returning to fitness.

"He is here to try to help the team to win and fulfil his role".

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