Neither side has really been tested in their group so far, but, now that we've seen both teams qualified into the knockout stages, what can we expect from this match-up and the battle to finish top of the group?
Dele Allí has returned to training and should start, but Kieran Trippier is a doubt after picking up a knock against Panama while Kyle Walker is on a yellow card and may not be risked.
England and Belgium in the next round will either face Senegal, Japan or Colombia, who will have sorted out their placings in Group H an hour before England kicks off. Never give up against stronger opponents but never relent against weaker ones.
If England win Group G, and get past the runner-up of Group H, they will play the victor of Brazil and Mexico in the quarter-finals.
"We've got loads of friends who were umming and ahhing whether to come", he said.
All these permutations set the intriguing scene for Friday morning's match with the two teams on six points each, eight goals for and two goals against.
Belgium fan Mark Moors, 50, from Brussels, said he agreed with his national team's manager and preferred a draw with England. In the event of a draw, whoever is better off in terms of FIFA's fair play table would win the group. As things stand, Belgium are second having picked up one more yellow than England.
Manager Gareth Southgate insists he is not plotting England's route in the knockout stages and says his side will be fully focused on beating Belgium on Thursday.
This could create a insane scenario with both teams wanting to avoid success, or putting in a few nasty tackles to lose the Fair Play ratings. Romelu Lukaku of Belgium and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo both have scored four goals already. That is the reality, we have put ourselves in this situation, we wanted to qualify and we have done that.
So we may be watching a match with 21 players reluctant to win and one desperate to score.
Football can also be an individual sport, and one of the most prestigious individual honours in world football is the World Cup golden boot (the player with the most goals at the end of the tournament).