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Lukaku likely to miss England clash

Lukaku likely to miss England clash

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku may likely miss the World Cup clash against England in Kaliningrad later today.

The former Chelsea forward is still struggling to shake off an ankle injury suffered during the Group G victory over Tunisia.

‘He had a difficult knock against Tunisia and probably Thursday is one day too early, but I don’t think it is going to take any longer than that,’ Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said.

‘We had very good news on the scan. There was no further damage, but it is still uncomfortable.

‘I don’t think he will be training today, and I think we will make a final assessment tonight in order for him to be involved or not. At the moment, it is still in (the) recovery phase.’

Lukaku likely to miss England clash

England and Belgium share an identical record with two wins from two games in the tournament, and the former Everton manager voiced his admiration for England.

‘What I see is Gareth Southgate has brought all his success from under-21 level and has developed an England culture,’ Martinez said at a pre-match press conference.

‘I think there is a definite structure; there has been a real tactical awareness, there has been a change of system to go into different qualifying games.

‘They have found a system that suits this generation. There is a youth about them, energy, a belief and a real desire.’

A win for any side will guarantee top spot in Group F, while Tunisia and Panama will be playing for pride in the other game after losing their first two group games. The World Cup debutants registered their first goal against the Three Lions despite losing 6-1 in the process.

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