ST PETERSBURG Russia
(Xinhua) -- Belgium coach Roberto Martinez
celebrates his 45th birthday on Friday, but his best possible
present would be to see his team defeat England in the play-off for
third and fourth place in the World Cup on Saturday.
Speaking to the press on Friday, Martinez said the English, who face
Belgium after losing 2-1 to Croatia in the semifinal on Wednesday
were "a dynamic side, who have scored 9 goals from set pieces and we
will have to concentrate against their 5-3-2 system."
The two teams met in the group stages with Belgium winning a game
between two much-changed sides 2-1 and Martinez commented there
"would be no surprises" on Saturday, although both coaches will
probably make changes to their regular starting 11s.
After spending much of his playing career and all of his coaching
career before joining Belgium in England, Martinez said he saw a
positive change in the English game during the World Cup.
"They have very positive feelings in this World Cup, we have seen
the mentality of English football changing," he said, highlighting
the success of England’s Under 17, 20 and 21 sides as good news for
He also praised Eden Hazard, who is being linked with a possible
move to Real Madrid, saying he was "one of the most complete players
in the modern game," before adding that the perfect birthday present
would be "winning tomorrow: all Belgian supporters deserve the
feeling of winning the last game," said Martinez.