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By Ciaran Coyle

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Gareth Southgate will be looking to replicate his side’s performance in the reverse fixture to regain top spot in the group as England take on Belgium in Leuven.

The hosts currently sit top of Group Two in Nations League A with 9 points and are the current favourites to top the standings and move onto the finals in October of 2021.

Both teams come into this crunch fixture on the back of winning performances with Roberto Martinez’ side playing out a 2-1 win over Switzerland and England claiming a 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

Harry Kane who is heavily tipped to regain his place upfront on Sunday evening is set to make his 50th appearance for the Three Lions in which he has managed to find the back of the net 32 times. Former Everton boss Martinez will be hitting a similar milestone as he takes charge of Belgium for the 50th time, only losing on four occasions.

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England will be without Harry Maguire, who captained Southgate’s side at Wembley on Thursday night due to suspension,  with Reece James also unavailable for selection following his red card against Denmark.

Martinez has confirmed that he will be without Eden Hazard due to the winger testing positive for Covid-19 last week. Romelu Lukaku should be available for selection after returning to training on Saturday.

The England manager will be relieved that the remaining 24 players in his squad all passed tests for the virus and will be available for a hugely important game for the nation ranked fourth in the world rankings.

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