Why England Might Want To Lose Their World Cup Game Against Belgium
Jun 28, 2018, 18:52
England and Belgium battle it out for top spot in their group on Thursday as the remaining teams at the World Cup digest Germany´s astonishing exit from the tournament in Russian Federation.
England enter their final World Cup group game tonight facing an unusual scenario where a defeat might actually benefit them in the long run. Fans will have a day to catch their breath before the Round of 16 kicks off on 30 June, Saturday.
"For England to face Brazil in the last eight, it'll be tough". Although it was one of the standout fixtures in the group stages prior to the World Cup, the fact that both teams are already through to the knockout stages means the match could be a low-key affair devoid of any real drama. Do you rest players with at least one and potentially four games to come between now and 15 July?
Jordan Pickford keeps his place in goal and he is once again joined by Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire, who make up England's familiar back three.
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They'll play the winners of group H - one of Japan, Senegal and Colombia - in Moscow on Tuesday, kick-off 7pm.
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It is safe to say that, on paper, finishing second in Group G gives that team a better chance of advancing further in the tournament compared to topping the group.
There has even been some talk that England might have an easier route at the World Cup if they lose in Kaliningrad.
Chelsea legend and 106-time England worldwide Frank Lampard was not afraid to put his heart on his sleeve to go with the three lions on his shirt.
"This World Cup so far has been so unpredictable", he argued.
Add to that England and Belgium's awful records in the knockout stages. Or shall they go all out and build confidence for the rest of the tournament?
Besides, losing to avoid the heavyweights is a defeatist attitude that will only see doubt linger in the back of this young squad's minds.
"The majority of Belgian players, they play in England".
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However, the comments and the situation snowballed, causing the Swedes to inform the authorities and take a stand. The defending champions put in a nervous display after a barrage of criticism following defeat by Mexico.
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The Manchester United striker secured two in the Tunisia match, which helped Belgium immensely in their World Cup campaign. Romelu Lukaku , who scored two against Panama, spearheads the Belgian attack, supported by Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens.
Senegal were far from convincing against Japan and even though Mane scored the opener it had a large dose of good luck about it. Senegal allowed Poland to get a ball in the net, however, though the African side ended up with the 2-1 win.
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The CSU has given her till early next month to come up with a compromise; most Germans presently believe she will fail to do so. Migrants mostly stay in arrival countries like Greece and Italy or wealthy Germany where they try start a new life.
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The other match of the Group F will be between South Korea and Mexico , with South Koreans also in a must-win situation. Germany were rattled but they nearly equalised when Ilkay Gundogan's deflected shot was kept out by Robin Olsen.
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