Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini: Belgium-England World Cup clash will be ‘intense’

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Marouane Fellaini is looking forward to facing his Manchester United teammates at the World Cup in Russia.

Belgium play England in their final group game in Kaliningrad on June 28 and it could see Fellaini, whose Old Trafford future is still in doubt, line up against Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Ashley Young

The midfielder is excited by the challenge of going up against familiar faces.

“It will be intense,” Fellaini told MUTV. “I look forward to it. [England] can play because they have good, technical players.

“They are physical but they are also very technical so they can play good football.

“Before that we have two very important games, like England have. It is the third game, so I hope that the job [qualifying for the round of 16] will be done before the England game.

“But I hope that it will be a good game, it will be a good test for us because it [England] is a good, young and energetic team.

“It will be good for us as well, the players playing for England, to play against them.”

Fellaini was part of the Belgium squad that reached the quarterfinals in Brazil four years ago.

Roberto Martinez’s side are among the favourites this time and Fellaini, who has 80 caps, is hopeful of featuring the latter stages in Russia this summer.

“It’s a big competition,” he said. “We can show what we can do.

“I have played a lot for the national team so I know the team and the players very well.

“I know it’s work so, for me to start or not, the most important thing is to win the games, to go as far as we can, take it game by game and see what happens.

Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.