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Defeat to Belgium sets up Englands biggest game for decade: Southgate

30 June, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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The result sees Belgium top Group G meaning they will go on to face Japan in the next round while England play Colombia.

England and Belgium have already qualified from group G. Their clash will decide who finishes top and who finishes second.

Below are more details on the broadcast, which will be aired in Spanish and will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Victory for either would see them top Group G, and Dier believes familiarity with numerous Belgians on Thursday could help England's cause. The match will also be livestreamed in Spanish on TelemundoDeportes.com and via the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and NBC Sports apps.

Belgium seemed happy with their lot, so England pressed and Rashford hammered a free kick over the bar.

It was obvious Belgium's reserves of strength are vastly superior to England's - Martinez's dirt-trackers, to use a rugby phrase, are fitter for objective than Southgate's. So that has come into his thinking and Southgate, i understands, has been chopping and changing with potential line-ups in training this week, since the thumping win against Panama on Sunday.

A goal early in the second half from former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj won the match for Belgium, who will now face Japan in the Round of 16 on July 2.


With England pedestrian, the Belgium players passed around the defence and Adnan Januzaj beat Rose, cut inside on his left foot, and released an unstoppable shot into the far corner. I don't think it would be professional of us to put those players at a risk of missing the knockout phase.

"I saw a group of players desperate to contribute and I think, in the World Cup, you can't be successful by hoping you get an easy path".

With the benefit of being the last teams to play in the group stage, both teams will have full knowledge of the knockout bracket by the time they kickoff at 6am - which may lead to the odd situation of both teams attempting to lose the match. England couldn't match previous performances and will play Colombia on Tuesday at the Otkritie Arena.

Martinez has suggested he could make wholesale changes to his side but at the very least is expected to rest defender Jan Vertonghen, winger Thomas Meunier and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who have all picked up a yellow card. In 1990 we played against Cameroon and they almost shocked us. Plus the group standings have created the "Half of Death" - Uruguay, Portugal, France, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and now Belgium.

"That's football. If you don't take your chances, you can be at the mercy of a goal like that". I know this meant the game against Belgium was a little bit flat, but every player in that dressing room knows why we've done what we've done.

Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia´s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle. OK, we didn't win the game, but there was a myriad of other things involved in the decision.

"We don't suffer for (the loss)", England coach Gareth Southgate said.

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