Belgium were on fire as they sealed a resounding 5-2 victory over Tunisia on Saturday, leaving England as their last opponents in the group stages.
With the Three Lions facing minnows Panama on Sunday, next week’s game against the Belgians will likely determine who will finish top and who will be runners-up in Group G.
The game will pit a host of team-mates up against each other, with Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard just a few of the Premier League players in their team.
But one of the most intriguing battles will see Spurs duo Alderweireld and Kane face-off, and the Belgium defender can’t wait to face his friend – scorer of both goals in England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia – on the world stage.
Asked about the prospect of coming up against his Tottenham team-mate at the World Cup, Alderweireld told talkSPORT after Saturday’s win: “I’ve played against Harry in training a lot of course, but I’m looking forward to the game.
“A know a lot of England players from Spurs and the Premier League, so it’s going to be a special game.
“It’s going to be difficult. England have improved a lot over the last couple of years, they have a very young and talented squad.
“It will be a difficult game for us but we’re looking forward to it.”
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