England Fans Want To Lose Against Belgium In The World Cup

Ashley Young raises hands while preparing to take a free kick

Fortunately England manager Gareth Southgate is not getting carried away by the hype. "It is very important to protect and give every player the best possible programme to be in the best condition in the knockout game".

Belgium, managed by Roberto Martinez, and England are expected to rest players as they are both already through to the last 16.

"When you make changes and players come in they have a high level of motivation, they know it's a brilliant opportunity to play at the World Cup and they want to show what they can do", he said.

Similarly Dele Alli, who missed the Panama win with injury, will feature at some point this evening, and he'll need to put in a good shift to force his way back into the starting line-up after a poor display against Tunisia. If this match is a draw, then it is this disciplinary measure which will decide the final ordering of the group.

"What I've discussed with the players is we must not waste any energy thinking whether it's better to be first or second in the group, who we might play in future rounds", said Southgate.

The hosts followed that win up with a qualification-sealing 3-1 win versus Mohamed Salah's Egypt in a game in which many fancied the Liverpool man to single handedly destroy Russia's equally ageing and inexperienced backline. That would mean we top the group. "I don't think we can look any further than that".

Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea on Wednesday afternoon, meaning the holders finished bottom of Group F. It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not progressed beyond the first section of the tournament.

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After just about squeaking through the group stages at Italia '90, England came up against Belgium in the last 16.

They'll play the winners of group H - one of Japan, Senegal and Colombia - in Moscow on Tuesday, kick-off 7pm.

The two teams have the same number of points, goals scored and goals conceded, so the only way to separate the teams is on Fair Play - who has the fewest red and yellow cards.

England now top the group by virtue of having received fewer yellow cards than Belgium.

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