June 26, 2018 / 3:00 PM / 2 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-England v Belgium

    June 26 (Reuters) - England take on Belgium in a World Cup
Group G clash in Kaliningrad on Thursday.
    
    Where: Kaliningrad Stadium
    Capacity: 33,973
    When: Thursday June 28, 2000 local (1800 GMT/1400 ET)
    Referee: TBC
    
    Key stats:
    * England and Belgium have both progressed to the round of
16 after convincing victories in their two opening matches
against Tunisia and Panama in Group G.
    * England's 6-1 win over Panama was their biggest victory in
a major tournament, while Belgium scored five goals in a single
World Cup match for the first time in their 5-2 win over
Tunisia.
    * England striker Harry Kane leads the race for the World
Cup Golden Boot with five goals so far, while Belgium
counterpart Romelu Lukaku is level with Portugal's Cristiano
Ronaldo on four goals.
    * Lukaku's brace against Tunisia made him the highest
scoring Belgian at major international tournaments, scoring
seven goals across the 2014 World Cup, 2016 European
Championships and the current tournament.
    * The 25-year-old has scored 17 goals in his last 11
appearances for Belgium.
    * Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard has been directly involved
in 23 goals in his last 21 appearances for his nation, scoring
11 and providing 12 assists.
    * England captain Kane's hat-trick against Panama made him
the third player for his country to score three goals in a
single World Cup match after Geoff Hurst in 1966 and Gary
Lineker in 1986.
    * Kane is also the first player to score two or more goals
in their first two World Cup appearances since Poland's Grzegorz
Lato in 1974.
    * Both the sides are equal on points and goal difference but
England are currently leading the group due to the team's higher
fairplay ranking.
    * If the match ends in a draw, the team with the better
fairplay ranking, decided by the number of red and yellow cards
accumulated, will top the group. England have had two yellow
cards so far, while Belgium have had three.
    * The winner of the group will take on the runners up of
Group H, which could be Japan, Senegal or Colombia. The runners
up from the group will face the winners of Group H.
    
 Group G standings:
           MP    W     D     L     GF    GA    +/-   PTS
 ENGLAND   2     2     0     0     8     2     6     6
 BELGIUM   2     2     0     0     8     2     6     6
 TUNISIA   2     0     0     2     3     7     -4    0
 PANAMA    2     0     0     2     1     9     -8    0
 Previous meetings: The two sides have met on 21 occasions, with
England getting the better of Belgium 15 times. They have played
twice at World Cups, with a 4-4 draw back in 1954 and a 1-0 win
for England in 1990.

 (Compiled by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru
Editing by Hugh Lawson)
  
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