England, Belgium battle for top spot after Germany World Cup shock

England, Belgium battle for top spot after Germany World Cup shock

England, Belgium battle for top spot after Germany World Cup shock

In the match which will decide who finishes top in Group G, Southgate dismissed suggestions that there would be any circumstances in which England would not play to win despite opting to rest so many key figures.

All jokes aside, the second half started off with a much quicker pace and we finally saw a goal.

On the other side of the draw, only Switzerland (sixth) and Spain (10th) are ranked above Gareth Southgate's side.

"When you're a leader and a manager, you have to make decisions which are right for your group and the primary objective". Brazil get knocked out in the second round anyway. We feel that that this was a game that we wanted to win but the knockout game is the biggest game for us for decades.

"Anyone who gets the chance to play will do the best they can to make the manager make a hard decision, I'm sure he's made a lot of hard decisions so far", he said.

Rashford dipped a free kick over the crossbar and Fellaini's block flew past the upright as England chased an equaliser, but it was Belgium who came closest to a second as Pickford parried a long-range drive from substitute Dries Mertens late on.

England play Colombia at 7pm on Tuesday in Moscow. The last-16 ties start Saturday, with France taking on Argentina in Kazan and Uruguay facing Cristiano Ronaldo´s Portugal in Sochi. Both teams have won their two matches with a total of eight goals scored and two conceded.

Adnan Januzaj showed his former Manchester United teammate how to go about it when he played a one-two with Hazard before beating Pickford with a stunning curling effort to put Belgium ahead on 57 minutes.

The victor on Thursday will become only the third team, along with Croatia and Uruguay, to win all three group games.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the game nearly every football fan has been looking forward to, England vs Belgium.

They can not be separated through traditional calculations, so the FIFA Fair Play standings based on cautions come into play.

Now, we seem to be faced with a similar dilemma with teams that play later can engineer their performance to chart their course.

He also hopes that all the England players at Spurs make it to the England team against Belgium, which would make the contest even more entertaining and special. It states: "Winning is the object of playing any game". Russian Federation 2018 will be his fifth World Cup.

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