Adnan Januzaj strike condemns England to second place in Group G
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jun 30, 2018,
Jun 30, 2018, 0:41
Having got this odd game out of the way, both Belgium and England can now focus fully on going deep into the World Cup knock-out stages and their fresh legs could be crucial. "That's what I did tonight".
"We need to keep winning football matches and we want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win", said the manager, who has created a relaxed atmosphere for his young charges.
"No words!" chided the best-selling Bild daily, over a picture of a despondent-looking Toni Kroos.
England lost to Belgium on Thursday night.
"If we put Harry on for 10 minutes and someone whacks him on the ankles, that would be ridiculous", said Southgate when questioned why Kane, the tournament's top scorer with five goals wasn't even introduced from the bench. It's so important for that back three to play as many high-tempo games together as possible as they are still learning that system.
We've said it once we'll say it again - it's coming home, LADs. Our key objective was to get the players who haven't been playing, some game time, so that they have not gone more than three weeks without a match, before the next round.
Southgate's men would have progressed as group winners through fair play had the scores remained level, but former Manchester United man Januzaj's moment of magic turned the game in Belgium's favour.
Having made eight changes to the team that demolished Panama, the national team manager realises he will be in for a rough ride if his side do not book a quarter-final slot with victory over Colombia.
Sports data company Gracenote has given England a 24 percent chance of reaching the semifinals should they win the group, which increases to 35 percent should England finish second.
"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.
"Today we had an equal game, and both teams had chances".
Tunisia had not won a World Cup game since a 3-1 victory over Mexico in 1978.
All the final group matches are played together to avoid what happened to Algeria in 1982.
"I think it will be an interesting game, a 50-50 game, and both teams are qualified so it will be a odd game", said Fellaini, who plays in England for Manchester United, having made his name for another Premier League club Everton. Sometimes those decisions will be criticised and I understand that.
Beat Colombia next week and everyone will say Southgate played a blinder losing to Belgium. "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years". Sure, it makes sense to want the easier path to the final, but as this Cup has already shown - particularly with Germany's shocking exit on Wednesday - things don't always go as planned.