Martinez not anxious despite ankle knock keeping Lukaku from training

Lukaku lifts the ball over Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo in their World Cup game. It finished 3-0

Lukaku lifts the ball over Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo in their World Cup game. It finished 3-0

The African side snatched two goals back, although the second was no more than a consolation in stoppage time, they continued to make a game of it.

Speaking after the game, Martinez explained that Lukaku injured an ankle ligament, while Hazard strained his calf and Dries Mertens also hurt his ankle.

A polyglot known for waffles, chocolate and beer, the nation of 11 million hopes for soccer to join the national identity, boosted by a golden generation that includes Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bryune.

Disappointments at past major tournaments have been marked by recriminations that reflect both a super-abundance of talent - with egos to match - and longstanding divisions between Belgium's French and Dutch-speaking halves. Hazard scored with a sixth-minute penalty kick he earned by being tripped, and Lukaku angled a low, left-foot shot into the corner of the opposing goal.

Belgium are safely through to the last-16 of the World Cup and Romelu Lukaku's participation in the knockout rounds isn't in doubt, despite the striker missing training on Tuesday.

If Belgium are to emulate their French neighbours, they are looking for help from assistant coach Thierry Henry, France's top scorer when they won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.




"I'm going to do not forget to have fun this time", he said.

The match will decide who tops Group G and Martinez dismissed the possibility Belgium could take it easy in order to place second and face an "easier" opponent in the knock-out phase.

"As a kid I never thought I could get a chance to play for England, never mind score". "It must have been a great game to watch as a neutral but there are lots of things we need to work on and that starts tomorrow", he said.

Or does he rest them for the last 16 and give players such as Danny Welbeck, Gary Cahill and Trent Alexander-Arnold a first run-out at the tournament?

"I think we just have to keep playing as well as we can, keep preparing the team the right way, keep the momentum and I have to keep the squad involved".

"It's really good to see a team coming together and wanting to fight so much for each other and then on top you've got the talent and the quality", added Martinez.

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