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England were not aiming for victory against Belgium - Southgate

England were not aiming for victory against Belgium - Southgate

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Belgium face Group H victor Japan on Monday but a win there would mean a quarter-final against Brazil or Mexico.

Football is about winning but when England faceoff against Belgium in their final group match, both teams could be forgiven for not wanting to come out on top.

England paid for their team selection by surrendering pole position in Group G to Belgium.

Reality check or phoney war?

"All the big names will come back in for the next game and we'll have to do a lot better because Colombia have got some risky forwards".

England didn't pick up a single yellow card in the game, though Belgium's win negated the prematch hype around another round of 16 match decided by "fair play".

The World Cup final will be on Sunday, July 15. "The level of the game will be high, even with changes".

What if England needed all three points on Thursday? "The outcome of this throw of the dice will be known on Tuesday".

It was only Belgium's second ever win over England and their first since 1936 and coach Roberto Martinez suggested he was not anxious about the impact of the result on his team's possible future opponents.

Southgate said he wanted to keep his starters - including Kane - that were rested for the game against Belgium fresh for the round of 16 game against Colombia and free from injury.

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Did England's undercard stake their claim?

"Today we had an equal game, and both teams had chances". Adnan Januzaj obviously impressed with his goal and Danny Rose caught the eye for England at left wing-back.

Former England defender Martin Keown told BBC Sport: "I'd have him in the team because of the balance he has".

"This was a very even group and you see that with Senegal, who had a very good tournament, going home", he said. "I don't think at the World Cup you can be successful by trying to hope to get an easy path".

The mercurial midfielder punted the ball into the box where Platt's stunning volley on the turn beat Preud'homme and drove a stake into the heart of Belgian dreams. Kane, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling must provide the attacking thrust against Colombia.

"Loftus-Cheek again, his control is not good enough". It felt like a proper World Cup match in the stands, even if it was a odd affair on it, with two of the best benches in World Cup history. The bulk will be back against Colombia. A rendition of "Vardy's on fire, your defence is terrified" belted out from them close to kick-off.

Colombia have grown into this World Cup and can not be taken lightly.

Given how the rest of the tournament field has played out, finishing in second may be more advantageous. This has to be regarded as a plus.

Finishing second, England take on Colombia, with a potential quarterfinal against the victor of Sweden vs. Switzerland.

"They did a passable impression of being happy, just as England did a passable impression of being sad". Moscow will be much more to England's liking.

"I've got to think through all of those things: competition for places, players who need match minutes, and keeping the unity of the squad", said the England manager.

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