Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has shown that there are no "small" teams.

Belgium striker RomeluLLukaku is set to sit of final Group G game against England in Kaliningrad on Thursday with an ankle injury.

Martinez went on to commend the preparation of the teams taking part in the tournament, singling it out as a reason for the high quality of football, which has already been marked out as making Russian Federation 2018 one of the most exciting World Cup of recent times. "Indirectly, they've had a big bearing on what we're doing now".

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He was also able to try out with success Thomas Vermaelen, the Barcelona defender out injured for over a month, and later in the game to give a run out to defensive talisman Vincent Kompany, who had also yet to play in Russian Federation due to injury.

There weren't high expectations around Gareth Southgate's team but they are on a high and the fans / banter merchants are loving it.

Yet he has never wavered from his view that the only policy should be to keep winning, keep building momentum and if Belgium are taking a different view, as appears to be the case, let them feel that way.

"First of all, we need to focus on our play in the knockout stage", Maguire said.

Every game has guaranteed at least a goal, with an average of 2.7 goals scored already.

Southgate, though, was adamant nothing other than three points against Belgium has been discussed, insisting his side are prepared for the prospect of facing more hard opponents, having beaten Panama and Tunisia so far in Russian Federation.

More likely, he is being true to his word.

For Martinez, the key thing was that his second-string team, including nine changes from the lineup that put a total of eight goals past Panama and Tunisia, had comfortably overcome a similarly experimental England side.

There are no games on Friday but we are back with the business end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup on Saturday. "We are in the fortunate position", Southgate said.

England will play the South Americans on Tuesday after a loss to Belgium saw them finish runners-up in Group G. Our objective was to qualify from the group and we have done that. "We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to make the last 16. It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years".

  • Angelo Rivera