Martinez admits Belgium could make ten changes for World Cup clash with England

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has admitted he could make up to 10 changes for Thursday’s Group G decider against England.

Martinez has three players a booking away from missing the last 16 through suspension, as well as injury concerns over star men Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

And with Belgium and England both already through to the knockout stage, Martinez conceded he could change his entire outfield side for the encounter in Kaliningrad.

“It could be an option,” said Martinez. “If I was going to speak about every player, I think every one of them deserves to play in the World Cup.

“So it’s more important for me to be able to give that opportunity and see how they can react on the pitch and how much they can contribute.

“Nobody has got a place guaranteed in this team at the moment. That’s the way we are looking at it. So it could be a possibility do that, yes.”

Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Meunier are all a booking away from missing the last 16 through suspension, with Martinez unwilling to take that risk against England.

“What matters now is looking after our suspensions,” said the Belgium boss.

“I think it would be very risky and a real gamble to play any of the players who are on a yellow card against England, because you don’t want to have any player missing for the knockout stage."

Hazard and Lukaku both have slight injury concerns and are unlikely to be risked against England, although both will be fit for the last 16 stage.

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