Belgium possesses huge stars compared to England but will it matter is the moot question. England will play against Belgium on Thursday it will be England’s adversaries who brag within their team the magnificent player for the Premier League champions. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne assumed that title from Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s player of the year in their triumph. England can boast of Harry Kane but Belgium possesses more Premier League superstars.

Jordan Pickford is an accomplished goal keeper but while he was being demoted with Sunderland last year, Thibaut Courtois   was acquiring a second Premier League winners’ medal. Harry Maguire submerged with Hull that year too and while he has since galvanized at Leicester, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both have played for the teams of the year.

Possibly Gareth Southgate should not be bothered about the probable discrepancy.  If ever there was a country that had to tread a difficult way that Premier League descent will not matter that much in considerable matches then it is definitely England. Solidarity matters. Team bonding does cast a different light. For advocates there are various distressing examples.

At Euro 2016, England was nefariously terminated by an Iceland team captained by Aron Gunnarsson, who exhausted succeeding season in the tournament in the Championship with Cardiff. Costa Rica skipper Bryan Ruiz made the same move with Fulham but that did not cease his side surpassing a group in which England concluded bottom at the 2014 World Cup.