Should England fear Belgium?

Lukaku celebrates his second goal against Panama in Belgium's first World Cup Game of the 2018 tournament

Lukaku celebrates his second goal against Panama in Belgium's first World Cup game of the 2018 tournament Credit AP /Matthias Schrader

The winners of the meeting in Kaliningrad are guaranteed to top the group, but if the match finishes as a draw the places will be decided first of all on fair play.

Romelu Lukaku has claimed that the 2018 World Cup is the last chance for Belgium's golden generation to enjoy success at global level.

The powerful striker is Belgium's record scorer with 40 goals in 71 appearances but is aware he has his doubters, who accuse him of going missing in big matches.

Belgium have thus far thumped Tunisia and beaten Panama 3-0.

Belgium had a two-goal lead within 16 minutes after Hazard scored from the penalty spot and Lukaku angled a low, left-foot shot into the corner of Tunisia's goal. And if their first two games are anything to go by, opposition teams have a lot to worry about. Hazard and Lukaku have had inspired seasons for club and country, and are older and better than the raw talents that took the field in Brazil four years ago.

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Lukaku now has four goals in just two World Cup appearances in Russian Federation this summer.

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

Their final round-robin game - against England - will provide a deeper insight into how Hazard, Lukaku and Co can measure up when up against an opposition of real pedigree.

The striker may well be rested for the mouth-watering clash against England after suffering a knock against the Tunisians.

Often described as the institution that unites Dutch-speaking Flemings, French-speaking Walloons and the small German community, a team where most of the players are multilingual is growing in confidence.

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Maintaining a winning momentum can be precious at the World Cup, the counter-argument that needs to be carefully considered by Martinez and England coach Gareth Southgate as they try to strike a balance.

"As expected, it was a very hard match".

England would obviously much rather face the Chelsea forward than Lukaku, but could actually face an easier route through the tournament should Belgium top the group depending on other results, such as Mexico beating South Korea.

Training is conducted in English under Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, who spent a decade managing in England.

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