Group G is possibly one of the easiest groups to predict, as it comprises Belgium, England, Tunisia, and Panama. Unless a truly major upset takes place, it would be safe to say that Belgium and England will make it to the last 16. Belgium boasts one of the most talented teams at the World Cup. They have always been considered to be underachievers on the international stage, but there is a sense of belief in the Belgium camp that their tiny nation could create a big impact at this tournament, with players such as Yannick Carasco, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all possessing a different and unique skill set. How far they go in the tournament will largely go down to the coaching of Roberto Martinez, who has been tasked with getting the best out of this Golden Generation.
England, on the other hand, has a young team that can be very exciting on their day. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a dark cloud that follows English football. It is a sense of pessimism created among the fans, after years of lofty hopes and eventual disappointment. England’s Golden Generation hardly made an impact on the international stage, even though it comprised of players like Ferdinand, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Beckham, Rooney and so on. Today, there is a sense of optimism but nobody holds very high expectations of the Three Lions. Many key figures in the team will be playing in a World Cup for the first time, inexperience such as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus Cheek and so on. The biggest weakness for the English is a lack of creativity in the center of the park. Wide players and forwards will have to step up if England is to have a good run in Russia.
The two teams will meet on matchday 3, having probably already sealed their spots in the last 16, and could field fringe players while resting other key ones. On the other hand, both teams will be looking forward to winning their group and avoiding the group winner out of Group H in the next roundTags :