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Martinez to rest De Bruyne and Lukaku when Belgium face England
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Martinez to rest De Bruyne and Lukaku when Belgium face England

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez on Monday revealed that the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and possibly Romelu Lukaku may be rested for their final Russia 2018 group stage match against England. England and Belgium are already through to the round of 16, thereby reducing the competitiveness of the tie, as Martinez described the game on Thursday in Kaliningrad as almost a celebration for both sides. "It's different. If we'd been facing each other to qualify for the World Cup knock-out phase it would have been a lot more emotional," the Spaniard said. "It's a game that we can celebrate and enjoy. There's a lot of sensations in both camps and both nations going into the knock-out phase. "So I don't think the game will be emotional in that respect. I think it'll be almost a celebration." ...