Should England lose to Belgium? Former Three Lions stars fire warning

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford

Well over 30 games into the World Cup in Russian Federation and goals have been a certainty in all the matches played so far.

Belgium and England may have already qualified for the last-16 of the World Cup, but their match tomorrow may have huge importance in their bid to be world champions.

Dier sat alongside Southgate for Wednesday's press conference and the England manager confirmed that the versatile Spurs man would indeed start for their final group game.

Their battle in Kaliningrad follows the dramatic exit of Joachim Loew´s 2014 winners, who finished rock bottom of their group after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea, the final humiliation after a campaign that never caught fire.

England manager Gareth Southgate pointed to Germany's shock World Cup elimination as a warning that every nation is vulnerable at Russian Federation 2018. Chile, in the Confederations Cup final a year ago, didn't qualify for Russian Federation, and now Germany.

"This World Cup so far has been so unpredictable", he argued. That's not a route for a successful team.

Germany failed to make it past the World Cup group stage.

Manchester United defender Jones said: "It's nearly like a Premier League match, barring a few players". We expect several changes to personnel, given the strength and depth in the England squad, and Southgate's desire to ensure that those he may need to call on in the knockout phase have had match minutes.

England won their opening two matches of the group stage.

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Southgate hinted that he would make some changes to his starting 11 but did not go into specifics.

Gareth Southgate is considering his team selection for the game in Kaliningrad on Thursday, when the section will be claimed, and is expected to make a handful of changes to freshen up his side's approach.

"That´s the reality. We wanted to qualify, we´ve done that".

England haven't won a knockout game at a major tournament for 12 years and we are discussing playing to lose to avoid a more hard quarter-final. Should he rest Golden Boot contender Harry Kane?

That adds up to plenty of friendly rivalries and very few secrets as two teams with lots of shared history go head-to-head in the Group G decider on Thursday.

"We are building a team that are passionate to play for England, they want to win every time they go out and are improving all the time, and I think we'll see that again".

They'll play the winners of group H - one of Japan, Senegal and Colombia - in Moscow on Tuesday, kick-off 7pm. Whereas Germany, Argentina and Brazil struggled to break down the low block of minor teams, Southgate's dynamic attack has found a way to exploit these rigid defences, using well-timed runs and precise passing, as well as their physical presence from set-pieces to score eight times in the first two games.

Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia´s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle.

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