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Defeat to Belgium sets up Englands biggest game for decade: Southgate

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Freda Brock | 29 June, 2018, 14:43

Belgium finished top with Adnan Januzaj's second-half goal the only difference between the sides, and though England were only applying mild pressure at the end of the game, Alexander-Arnold was not pleased.

This will be the fourth meeting of the two nations in major tournaments.

The penultimate match of the group stages will see England take on Belgium with freakish coincidences as both teams having the exact same number of points, the exact same number of goal difference, the exact same number of goals scored, but England leads the group by fair play after receiving only 2 yellow cards compared to the 3 Belgium have.

As it stands - thanks to a few quirky results - one side of the draw appears considerably more hard.

And people are nearly making out that England did this on goal, one fan said: "England losing is possibly the smartest thing they could've done.avoid Brazil, Argentina, Uraguay, Portugal, France and Belgium".

Because of a few unexpected outcomes and results - Argentina coming second in its group; Germany's elimination - one side of the knockout stage is stacked while the other is unusually soft.

It could have been Japan in Rostov on Monday, but Adnan Januzaj's 51st-minute goal settled this game in the Red Devils' favour. That's because the victor of Group H now faces what looks like a much tougher road to the final.

Marcus Rashford has praised Thibaut Courtois following his missed chance in England's 1-0 defeat to Belgium on Thursday evening. We want to perform well but the priority is not to win.

"That's normally one of the stories that's always written about every hotel we stay at, there's always something close-by to distract us", Southgate said.

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Mr Hawes called on prime minister Theresa May to "retain membership of the Customs Union and the benefits of the Single Market".

"There are players on yellow cards".

"Now, we need to focus on Japan, England play Colombia, and if you think further than that it's a problem". But losing to Belgium hands Gareth Southgate's lads the perceived easier route to the final.

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.

Minutes after, in the 66th (!) minute to be precise, Rashford had the chance to go level.

Does the concept of "winning the right way" even matter in this amoral era of capitalism - when the line between right and wrong is usually determined by the bottom line? The Belgians, though, are known for their pragmatism and may not be as anxious about this perception of right and wrong, if the pre-game chatter is to be believed. Although it must have hurt it certainly had fans laughing.

Belgium have the resources to better overcome the absence of the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

Colombia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup four years ago.

The Three Lions started off their World Cup campaign in quite a nervy fashion as captain Harry Kane scored twice in the 11th minute and 1st minute of injury time to help defeat Tunisia 2-1.

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