How England's World Cup progress has helped Norwich City fans

Sherman Parsons
June 30, 2018

Fit-again midfielder Dele Alli spoke confidently before England's last-16 clash with Colombia on 3 July.

Dan Mullan/Getty ImagesBelgium took a 1-0 victory over England to win Group G at the World Cup, but the win sets the Belgian side up for a much more hard path to the final.

"It's going to be a brilliant game to be involved in".

"Football's coming home" fever may be sweeping England, but former Three Lions manager Sven Goran Eriksson thinks that his former side are on the wrong side of the draw, saying it would be easier for Gareth Southgate's men to beat Brazil than Sweden in a potential quarter final.

He featured heavily in the remainder of the qualifying campaign but when the tournament came around, he was unused sub in all four games England played.

Rashford said: "It's not the first time it's happened against him". Though this is not necessarily an irregular occurrence - they've always found a way to momentarily suck us in - there is something discernibly different this time around.

Success at the Spartak Stadium would highlight the progress in the two years since England's last major tournament ended with a humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland. "We have to approach every game as if we're playing the best side in the world".

Swedes beat Mexico 3-0 but both go through to last 16
Having something to play for in this final group stage game fits right into this team's mentality, Hernandez said. Soon after, Alvarez sent the ball into his own net as Sweden ended up usurping Mexico's top spot in Group F.

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In all there have been 47 own goals in World Cup history‚ which means 13 percent have come in this tournament alone. Argentina enters the final group games in fourth place, two behind second-place Iceland.

"But more often than not we have not been able to win those matches in normal time or in extra time".

There was a odd feeling around the game as both teams were already assured of progress to the last 16, with talk about the best path to the final compounded by a combined 17 changes. It's about performing a skill under pressure and there are individual things you can work on within that.

Belgium - one of the few top-tier teams to deliver on its hype so far - plays Japan, which sneaked out of its group because it got fewer yellow cards than Senegal.

"I think it was a pretty even game".

"It's one of the reasons why we've done what we did (against Belgium), to give ourselves the best possible opportunity of doing that".

Led by world-class players such as James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado, but missing key striker Radamel Falcao in 2014, Colombia scored a total of 12 goals in five matches at the World Cup in Brazil, having reached the last eight.

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.

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