Theresa May handed Belgian shirt ahead of World Cup clash with England

Theresa May handed Belgian shirt ahead of World Cup clash with England

Theresa May handed Belgian shirt ahead of World Cup clash with England

After a surreal night on the Baltic where England struggled to contain their satisfaction with a defeat that offers them an easier path to the final, Belgium are trusting that World Cup fortune will favour the fearless.

But, by finishing second, England have also avoided a side of the draw which includes Uruguay, Portugal, France, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. I'm hoping now that we've gotten past group play both sides take things to the next level because, make no mistake about it, when they're on the top of their game, both of these teams are capable of winning it all. Harry Kane trained with a first-team bib in England's morning session and, as such, is expected to start even though Southgate has given serious consideration to withholding the player whose five goals puts him at the top of the golden boot scoring chart.

Southgate granted Delph permission to leave the squad ahead of the tournament, though he is expected to return to Russian Federation on Sunday and be available for England's round-of-16 match against Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday.

"The players who've played tonight have given absolutely everything and never stopped". He said: "We talked about momentum".

He added: "We don't like losing and don't want to lose matches, but the primary objective from the evening we've got. But what that means for the next round, we don't really know".

Colombia completed the first round with a 1-0 victory over Senegal that sent them into the last 16 as Group H winners and dumped the African side out of the tournament in a thrilling finale.

"We believe there will be a transition that will take place after the World Cup, regardless of the outcome of the tournament, and no one is better equipped to handle that than Jogi Low".

"Every team who has got to the round of 16 has deserved to, so there are no easy games that we can see ahead of us".

Telegraph football writer JJ Bull steps into the presenter seat this week to discuss England's abject performance against Belgium alongside Telegraph columnist Jamie Carragher. So it was a good test of us.

We've reached the best part of the World Cup: the knockout stages.

Related news