Belgium defeats England 1-0 to win Group G amidst questionable stakes

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The downside came in the poor display from Eric Dier, whose pedestrian effort cemented Jordan Henderson's place as midfield anchorman while Phil Jones did nothing to suggest he would be a significant figure again.

"We want to win football matches and we also know the big game is the knockout tie to come, so it was hard to balance all of those", he added.

There has even been some talk that England might have an easier route at the World Cup if they lose in Kaliningrad.

What happens if England win or lose?

Southgate labelled the Colombia match England's "biggest game for a decade", so was comfortable defending himself when asked if he had a responsibility to fans and the tournament to have winning matches as his top priority.

Belgium's Martinez was delighted with the win, saying it was impossible to plan the ideal scenario as the World Cup unfolds. "We know our strongest 11, but what's pleasing is that there are guys that have put their hand up tonight to really push for a place".

England appear to face a tougher task in Group H winners Colombia on Tuesday, but have avoided a loaded top half of the draw containing past winners Brazil, France, Argentina and Uruguay as well as European champions Portugal, by finishing second in the group. "I think here we've played extremely well".

Southgate ensured every outfield player got a runout in the group stage, but the decision not to bring on Golden Boot leader Kane when chasing the match was striking as a draw would have seen them top the group on fair play.

England's coach Gareth Southgate during his press conference ahead of England vs Belgium at the Kaliningrad stadium on June 27, 2018 in Kaliningrad. He is a world class striker and we want him to be ready for Colombia.

In the other match in Group G, Tunisia notched their first win at a World Cup for 40 years, beating debutants Panama 2-1 to leave Russian Federation on a high.

The Times' chief football writer Henry Winter said the result was a "wake up call" for England, who lacked the creative spark through the middle of the park without their injured playmaker Dele Alli and said that few of the squad players given an opportunity made much of an impression.

They faced each other Thursday and Belgium won 1-0 but we are none the wiser.

The Belgians did have couple chances to extend their lead in the closing stages, but the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens could not take advantage as the clash ended 1-0.

Japan coach Akira Nishino has warned his players against complacency when they meet the already eliminated Poles.

"There was a lot of tension in the air today and, in that regard, I think my team did very well".

Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia´s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle. We saw that in the Euros two years ago. With the Fair Play tie-breaker in mind, it was not a thriller in Kaliningrad until Adnan Januzaj chose to spice things up a bit.

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