Roy Hodgson's England welcome a strong Belgium side to Wembley, in their final test before the quest for European glory. The new England manager has had only two games to draw up his master-plan for the 2012 European Championships and Saturday's game against Belgium is the last; England beat Norway 1-0 last week.
While the result against Norway must have come as a welcome relief to everybody concerned, the rather dull and lacklustre nature of the win has drawn criticism and negative remarks. This could lead to Hodgson shuffling his line-up for the Wembley game and it could even be he will field his full first team (excluding those injured and suspended, like Scott Parker and Wayne Rooney), in order to provide them match practice ahead of the opening game, on 11 June, against France.
Meanwhile, Marc Wilmots' side finished third in their qualifying group - behind Germany and Turkey - meaning they failed to earn an appearance in Poland and Ukraine. However, they should not be underestimated, for they boast the likes of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and new Chelsea signing Eden Hazard in their ranks.
Frank Lampard is the latest England squad member to pull out of contention for the 2012 Championships, after the midfielder suffered a thigh injury during training. Liverpool's Jordan Henderson is set to replace the Chelsea man and could play some part against Belgium. Lampard, meanwhile, joins Gareth Barry on the sidelines; the City midfielder was also forced to withdraw from the squad, following an injury picked in the game against Norway.
Spurs' Parker is struggling with an Achilles problem and Manchester United's Ashley Young missed a team session to focus on his own fitness issues; the latter might not feature at all. In addition, Young's club mates Rooney are also unavailable, while Liverpool's Glen Johnson is similarly ruled out.
Hodgson will, however, have the entire Chelsea defensive contingent - John Terry, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill - available, after the trio returned from a prolonged break following their Champions League triumph.
Belgium's Premier League stars are expected to be out in numbers at Wembeley on Saturday, as they plan to spoil England's Euro preparations. Kompany will be joined by Arsenal vice-captain Thomas Vermaelen, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Fulham's Moussa Dembele, Chelsea foward Romelu Lukaku, Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Tottenham target Jan Vertonghen. All eyes, though, will be on the Blues' new man - Eden Hazard.
- The much-awaited goal-line technology system will be in place for this match. However, on-field officials cannot call for reviews during the game.
- Belgium have not beaten England in normal time since World War II.
- With Henderson's call-up, Hodgson now has five Liverpool players in his squad, more than any other club.
- Kompany's team faced England's Group D opponents France, in Paris in November, and held them to a 0-0 draw.
Where to Watch:
England: Hart; Jones, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Walcott, Milner, Parker, Downing; Gerrard; Carroll
Belgium: Mignolet; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Witsel, Defour, Fellaini; Dembele, Hazard, Lukaku