England's World Cup odds improve despite Belgium defeat

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Gareth Southgate has conceded his honeymoon period as England manager is over and admitted the decision to rest so many players for the team's final World Cup group game has left him open to criticism should the knockout tie with Colombia be lost.

If England go on to win that last-16 game, they will face the victor of the last-16 tie between Group E winners Brazil and Group F runners-up Mexico in the quarter-finals. I'd argue Belgium's path to the final is no more hard given England likely will need to get through Colombia and Spain. The victor enters the side of the bracket that already features France, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay, while the loser goes into the half with Spain, Croatia, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.

England's opponents are, on paper at least, easier - Sweden or Switzerland await in the last eight - and they face less travelling should they progress.

"This was a game we wanted to win but the knockout is the biggest game in a decade for us and we had to make sure our key players were preserved", Southgate said.

"He added: "[Belgium] controlled a lot of possession.

If it was a gamble not to go for the win wholeheartedly then it is one Southgate appears at ease with and he certainly had no regrets about his team selection.

"The supporters have been fantastic tonight and I think they understand what the most important thing is". When people say he might have got injured I'd say there's a chance he can get injured in training!

Two teams that have set the tournament alight so far, England and Belgium took on each other last night in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage fixture.

"The victory is a outcome of a very good performance". "You can not plan the ideal scenario, you've seen big nations already eliminated".

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"We want to win football matches and we also know the big game is the knockout tie to come, so it was hard to balance all of those. It's only a good decision if we go and put in a performance in the next game and qualify for the quarterfinals".

The game started with a rather tiresome first half and England fans even started entertaining themselves by chanting "Are you watching Germany" - ouch.

If you look back to the last World Cup they did unbelievably well and they've shown in this World Cup they can bounce back from a defeat and win games.

Five minutes into the half, the Red Devils broke the deadlock as Adnan Januzaj did well to create space in the box before sending a fine curling effort past Pickford.

England then pushed on looking for an equalizer but they lacked a cutting edge.

Rashford with a chance for England.

In the end, Adnan Januzaj's second-half victor banished any suggestion of Belgium wanting to avoid victory - yes, victory - against England but the former Manchester United winger's goal was a rare highlight of a freaky Group G game in Kaliningrad.

"We have qualified and that was the priority", Belgium coach Roberto Martínez told reporters on Wednesday.

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