Confirmed: Rashford starts for England, Lukaku benched

England take on Belgium with both countries assured of their place in the last 16 with a top spot in Group G up for grabs.

Both sides are level on points, goal difference and goals scored. Their disciplinary records will decide who finished top of the group if they draw in Kaliningrad. Should they still be level on that factor, the rare sight of drawing of lots will take place to determine who finishes top.

England are unbeaten in their previous two matches against Belgium at the World Cup, so Gareth Southgate will be hoping his side continue that record. The Three Lions drew 4-4 in 1954 and won 1-0 in 1990 courtesy of a volley from David Platt in extra-time.

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Harry Kane has scored in each of his past five performances for England and has five goals to his name at this tournament from just five games. He doesn’t start, though, with Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford taking his place.

Belgium, on the other hand, have won each of their past two World Cup matches by a margin of three goals. It would be a blow for England to lose by such a feat, although that will be softened by the realisation they’ve already booked a place for the round of 16. They are unbeaten in their last 11 World Cup group games.

Roberto Martinez has decided to bench Romelu Lukaku due to an ankle issue.

The teams are as follows:

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