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Roberto Martinez: 'England have desire'

Roberto Martinez: 'England have desire'
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Belgium boss Roberto Martinez praises England counterpart Gareth Southgate for instilling "desire" into the Three Lions camp.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has praised England counterpart Gareth Southgate for instilling "desire" into the Three Lions camp.

Southgate's side will top Group G with victory over the Red Devils in Kaliningrad on Thursday, following victories over Tunisia and Panama.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Martinez hailed Southgate for creating a "culture" within his squad.

"For me, obviously, I am on the outside looking in, and what I see is Gareth Southgate has brought all his success from Under-21 level and has developed an England culture," 44-year-old said.

"I think there is a clear structure, there has been a real tactical awareness, there has been a change of system to go into different qualifying games.

"They have found a system that suits this generation. There is a youth about them, an energy, a belief and a real desire."

Belgium are joint-top with England on six points going into Thursday's decider.

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