Martinez vows to field full squad against England

Martinez vows to field full squad against England

ROBERTO MARTINEZ insists he will not play another Belgium ‘B’ team against England on Saturday.

The Red Devils boss made nine changes when they faced the Three Lions in their final Group G game a fortnight ago.

Belgium won 1-0 that night, as Gareth Southgate also made eight swaps with both teams having already qualified for the last 16.

But ahead of the third-place play-off match in St Petersburg, Martinez has vowed to play a strong side.

The Spaniard said: “I am not going to make changes now to give certain players opportunities because they have already received them against England.

“Any change will be to make the team stronger.

“It’s a game we need to play at a good level and we need to have fresh legs.

“But the players are still very fresh mentally.

“Even the most important players that have completed a lot of minutes, I’ve seen them fresh and looking forward to the game.”

Martinez admits Belgium have been suffering from an “emotional hangover” since their 1-0 semi-final defeat to France.

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