De Bruyne's deployment could be critical for Belgium

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Speaking on the radio network, Martinez, who spent much of his playing career and all of his coaching career in England before taking over with Belgium, said he hadn't expected to be linked with the post.

Russia's run to the quarter-finals, which included a shock defeat of Spain in the last round, has been unexpected.

They will look to exploit a Belgium defence that has let through four goals and has a trio of big centre backs that may be exposed for pace by the nippy Neymar, Willian and Philippe Coutinho.

"Sweden is another team we have a poor record against". They have created their own story and made history.

Croatia will go into the game as favourites, despite Russian Federation having confounded the expectations of many by making it out of Group A and defeating 2010 champions Spain in the last 16, but Dalic is not underestimating the home side. There was a lot of talk about finishing first or second in the group.

For all the drama around England, the victor of the tournament is more likely to come from the top half of the draw, where the teams can boast a combined eight tournament wins.

The Brazil forward, in Kazan for Friday's quarter-final against Belgium, is the third footballer to receive the honour with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi having already been immortalised on the city walls.

On the flanks, Willian and Philippe Coutinho can stretch defenses, and fire in shots and crosses, while Neymar and Gabriel Jesus can also pull defenses apart from more central positions.

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But the world's most expensive player has hit the headlines as much for his perceived play-acting as for the on-pitch performances that have helped his side ease into the last eight without ever being seriously troubled.

The core of that side remains in place in Russian Federation, where Belgium has won all four of its matches, including coming back from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the round of 16 with a thrilling counterattack in the final seconds of injury time.

Belgium were on the brink of another major tournament failure when trailing 2-0 with 21 minutes to play, only for a magnificent breakway goal by Nacer Chadli in the fourth minute of injury-time to cap a stunning fightback.

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku is the second highest goalscorer at the tournament with four goals so far, two behind England's Harry Kane.

After averaging three goals a game in their four matches in Russian Federation en route to the last eight, Kompany told L'Equipe they must not alter their attack-minded strategy against the five-time champions.

"We will need power", Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez said in what could be a hint toward his intentions.

The match, however, may be won at the other end of the field.

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