Why England and Belgium both want to lose tomorrow's Group G matchup

Jun 28, 2018, 20:30
Why England and Belgium both want to lose tomorrow's Group G matchup

Before the match, Southgate appeared to downplay the hype stating and steered clear of any schadenfreude regarding Germany's exit: "We have not won a knockout game at a World Cup since 2006, why we would want to plan which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me. e have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round, but we are pleased we are in it".

The Group G winners will be on the side of the draw that includes big names Argentina, France, Portugal and Brazil, while the only pre-tournament favourite on the runner-up's side is Spain.

Both England's Harry Kane and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku are both leading the goal tally at the moment, with five and four respectively.

So you can almost take it as guaranteed that England will finish second but then lose in the last 16.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage will conclude with one of the most highly anticipated games of the tournament.

In the other remaining first-round games on Thursday, Japan, Senegal and Colombia are all chasing the two qualification spots in Group H, with Poland out of the picture.

Gareth Southgate's exciting squad have found themselves sitting atop their group after two games, but only on fair play points. We're building a team that everyone back home can see are passionate to play for England, want to win every time they go out, and are improving every time.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez on the other hand has vocally stated that 'winning isn't his priority. "We want to breed a mentality that everyone in our squad wants to constantly win".

"World Cups are all about momentum", he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May will be in Brussels for a European Union summit at the same time as the game, but a senior United Kingdom official said she would be made aware of the score "if needs be". "The reality is we put ourselves in this situation we wanted to qualify, and we have done that". "I don't think he will be training today, and we will make a final assessment tonight". Colombians had bought up 75 per cent of the tickets, filling the place with a Latin American rhythm and an unceasing broiling racket, which reached a crescendo when they took the lead late in the second half.

England have looked impressive so far, but the truest test will come against Belgium, and Vertonghen is ready to face the man he knows so well at Spurs, and the man who is the current top goalscorer in Russian Federation with five goals. Dedryck Boyata and Jan Vertonghen will most likely be rested.

This added individual wrinkle - along with the players' natural competitiveness - will certainly effect how both sides approach tomorrow's match.

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