England's game v Colombia 'biggest knockout game for decade'

England's game v Colombia 'biggest knockout game for decade'

Javier Howell
June 29, 2018

"This has been an impressive, impressive World Cup in terms of infrastructure and in terms of the teams", he added.

England now sits ahead of Belgium in the standings, but that could change even if the teams draw, as England is in first due to the "fair play" tiebreaker, which scores teams based on yellow and red cards when goal differential and goals scored aren't enough to determine a victor.

"At the moment we are qualified and that was the priority we were chasing", Martinez said. If we played Harry Kane for 50 minutes tonight, and he takes a whack, we would have been foolish.

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Maybe it was this over-confidence that got him to leave Sane out and keep the faith in players who, this World Cup has shown, were either not young enough or hungry enough.

There weren't high expectations around Gareth Southgate's team but they are on a high and the fans / banter merchants are loving it.

In a freakish game, England made eight changes and Belgium nine as two B-teams contested first place in Group G, knowing that topping the group placed the victor in a far tougher half of the draw.

"First of all, we need to focus on our play in the knockout stage", Maguire said. We'll be at the biggest events bringing you exclusive features and the best interviews.

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Pele and Garrincha scored to secure a 2-0 win over Bulgaria at Everton's Goodison Park home in their opening game.

Southgate felt England were slightly unfortunate not to escape with a point against Belgium.

More likely, he is being true to his word.

As the tournament played out, the bracket proved to grow somewhat unbalanced, resulting in a "side of death" that features four of the top five teams in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings - Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, and Argentina - all competing for one spot in the final.

The England manager spoke about his desire to win the game and finish top of the group in the lead up to the game, but his team selection and the fact he did introduce Kane after falling behind to Adnan Januzaj's goal suggests differently. "We are in the fortunate position", Southgate said.

Defeat has actually given England what appears on paper to be a more favourable knockout path, though they must now face a risky Colombia team in the round of 16 rather than a Japan side who only qualified from Group H thanks to a better fair play record than Senegal. We have earned the right to play in this game. "We're just pleased we're in the next round". "Some outstanding individual players but we feel we are a team that is improving". Our objective was to qualify from the group and we have done that.

"I am trying to develop a winning mentality".