The former Everton and Wigan manager acknowledged that he understood the importance of the fixture for his Premier League players on his squad, but said it would be unprofessional of him if key players missed out in the latter stages. "For us, it's now the third tournament in a row where we play, which gives you the experience, so nobody's really fussed about the occasion anymore".
Thibaut Courtois says there's plenty of pride at stake when Belgium and England meet to determine who wins Group G in Kaliningrad on Thursday.
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.
Now the leading scorer at this World Cup finals ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on the account of playing fewer minutes, Lukaku carries the weight of expectations of a nation on his considerable shoulders.
Denmark and France through to World Cup last 16 after goalless draw
Denmark has a tough defence anchored by veteran captain Simon Kjaer, and a high-class goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel . The teams probably will approach their Group C finale cautiously, minimizing the likelihood of a goal-fest.
Should they lose their final game against England, now on three, and pointless Panama somehow beat England and Tunisia, all three would have six points and the top two would be decided on goal difference.
"We're looking to do well and make ourselves stronger as a squad against England". Now we're just trying to enjoy it.
In an emotional and open interview last week with the Players' Tribune, Lukaku accepted "some people in my own country want to see me fail".
Nobody can accuse the striker of hiding in the first half against Tunisia as he scored twice to help his side virtually wrap up the game and a place in the last 16 by halftime.
Now, Drogba has revealed his delight at the fact that Lukaku seems to have taken his advice on board after his two-goal haul against Tunisia at the weekend.
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But had Simona Halep not played with the level of mental strength as she did, Stephens would have probably won her second Major. Because I think ten years from now I think more and more players will want to have families and then coming back.
Speaking after Saturday's win over Tunisia, he told BBC One: "Lukaku is so confident right now".
With Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany missing the opening two games because of injury, Hazard has also shown leadership, telling Lukaku off at half-time of the Panama game for "hiding" and "going missing".
Mexico made it two wins from as many starts when they accounted for South Korea 2-1 in Rostov-On-Don.
"To be a favorite in a World Cup, you need to have the know-how of winning a World Cup", he said.
Scoring against Argentina isn’t that hard , says Ahmed Musa
If Iceland win their match agianst Croatia , Argentina will go through only if they have a better goal difference than Iceland . In his word "I think I am a little better now".