Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

Sherman Parsons
June 28, 2018

Will Harry Kane (left) score another hat-trick tonight against Belgium?

The only issue at stake for England against Belgium is whether they finish first or second in Group G. Finishing as runners-up arguably opens up a clearer path to the final - missing France/Argentina and Portugal - but with England now ahead of the Belgians on goal difference, Southgate insists his players will simply go out and try to win the game.

Well over 30 games into the World Cup in Russian Federation and goals have been a certainty in all the matches played so far. But they have played teams who have been tactically very good.

Leave us a comment below. "Because if you look too far ahead you can get in trouble".

" It is understood that even the players have been surprised at how many changes Southgate is making for the Belgium game".

"But I think it's the same like Belgium they have a great attack and then the defence there might be some weakness".

"It's very important for us to protect and give every player the best possible programme to be in the best condition for the knockout games".

Kane has been on record to say he wants to play as he hunts down history.

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The defeat means Poland , who were the Group H favorites, . are eliminated and will fly home following their final group game. It's the first World Cup since 2006 for Poland , whose fans are likely to travel to Russian Federation in large numbers.

"We've not won a knockout game since 2006, why we would be starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really".

Results elsewhere and the way the knockout draw has fallen so far have led to widespread suggestions the runner up out of England and Belgium would be in a better position to blaze a trail into the latter stages.

Roberto Martinez has already indicated that he will ring the changes against England.

"There's a long way to go and a lot of good players just behind me [on the scoring list]". I don't like people even talking about it, it's just negative'.

"I would rather him on the bench and then coming on for the last 20 minutes, half an hour", Campbell said to Sky Sports News. Or shall they go all out and build confidence for the rest of the tournament?

Despite a huge scare for Lionel Messi´s Argentina, who needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to edge through to the knockout phase on Tuesday, all of the tournament´s remaining big guns are through to the last 16 in Russian Federation.

There is still a chance any of Japan, Senegal and Colombia could finish first or second, while Poland are already out. We were watching Argentina last night, Portugal and Spain the evening before, and one decision at one end of the pitch, and a decision within two minutes. the situation in the group changed completely.

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