Southgate set to make eight changes to England side against Belgium

Jo Caldwell
June 28, 2018

If England and Belgium draw the match, the group winners will be decided by their fair play record - with the Three Lions now on one fewer yellow card.

They now face Belgium, who have also made it through, on Thursday night and all that needs to be decided is the final placings.

There have been suggestions Belgium would rather finish second in the group to get an easier route to the final.

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"I think we can go all the way, I genuinely do", Lampard told the BBC's World Cup Daily Podcast.

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"At the moment we are qualified and I think that was the priority that we were chasing for", he said. "We have to keep building that belief and building those experiences".

England fan Will Tomlinson, 34, who has travelled to Russian Federation, said he hoped for an English influx as the team progressed through the tournament.

"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.

A large group of supporters gathered in a pub in central Kaliningrad, the capital of the Russian exclave of the same name, and sang late into Wednesday evening. I would love my team to keep winning, keep winning, keep winning.

Southgate held his press conference yesterday afternoon, at the same time that news filtered through from Kazan that holders Germany had been dumped out of the tournament by South Korea.

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Loew, who led his side to glory against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, refused to be drawn on his future in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday´s result. The margins are so fine within the matches.

"That's what brilliant about tournaments, that's what makes them so exciting; that you just don't know what's going to happen". You would have to beat Belgium, and then win in the last 16.

However, the World Cup back then had only 16 nations participating with only 26 games overall, but still a total of 140 goals were scored.

The debate in the run-up to the Belgium clash has centred around whether winning to secure top spot in the group would be beneficial, with avoiding a potential quarter-final against defending champions Germany the focus of media attention.

England play Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium at 7pm United Kingdom time.

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