Belgium's Lukaku a doubt for England clash, says Martinez

Belgium's Lukaku a doubt for England clash, says Martinez

Belgium's Lukaku a doubt for England clash, says Martinez

Backed by many to finish the 2018 World Cup as its top scorer, the Manchester United striker scored a brace for Belgium in their opening game win over Panama last week.

Lukaku's first score of the game came in the 16th minute, putting Belgium up 2-0. However, they did not emerged unscathed.

"Eden Hazard has a calf knock, Dries Mertens has an ankle problem".

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The midfielder scored twice to help his side take victory in Group G, with the Belgians nearly certain to qualify and will if England takes victory against Panama tomorrow.

As you'd probably expect from such a tweet, it's going viral already, with United and Belgian fans alike tweeting their appreciation of Lukaku. "We'll make decisions based on that but there will be major changes against England", Martinez said.

Before giving his squad a day off with their families after Saturday's 5-2 Group G win over Tunisia, the Spaniard waved away talk of supplanting stuttering favourites like Germany or Brazil and acknowledged lapses in concentration and defensive frailties that will have to be tightened against England on Thursday.

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Their attacking prowess was always going to be their strength at the tournament and their impressive display in Moscow's Spartak Stadium on Saturday, which took their goal tally to eight - as many as Russian Federation - from two matches, merely confirmed their status as a genuine outside bet for the title.

"Football has a unusual knack to punish you if you don't treat things professionally and in the right manner", he said.

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