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EnglandEngland host Belgium at Wembley on Saturday afternoon as they look to finalise their preparations for Euro 2012 and get the squad ready to face France a week on Monday (England 4/7 to beat Belgium). Recent injuries to Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry have been setbacks for England, however with Scott Parker and captain Steven Gerrard still in the side they do have enough quality to challenge. Should something happen to those two their strength in depth in that position isn’t the best with Michael Carrick also missing out on selection. Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson are likely to be rested in this encounter due to niggling injuries, however it shouldn’t be a problem for the Euros.

Belgium will have a number of Premier League talents on display on Saturday with the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembele and Chelsea’s new signing Eden Hazard likely to play a part in the match (Belgium 9/2 to beat England). Belgium have one of the best young sides in Europe and you would expect them to be playing in the next European Championships in 2016, however they have not qualified for this year’s event and will be playing for pride as they look to put a dent on England’s preparations for Poland and Ukraine. However, the home side will be confident as they are unbeaten in ten meetings against Belgium since the 1940s.

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