Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

"When the coach [Hernan Dario Gomez] said we were coming here to learn, that is exactly what he meant", explained Baloy.

That meant Gareth Southgate's side finished second and they play Group H winners Colombia on Tuesday (7pm).

But with a World Cup Final rematch out of the picture, as well as Germany-Brazil, which matches do we most want to see in the quarters, semis, or final?

Southgate never announces his team officially until an hour before kick-off but he is acutely aware that Kane wants to be involved and has had to balance his captain's wishes with the possibility England's first knockout game could take place on Monday, four days after the Belgium game.

It remains to be seen who England will play in the knockout stages, where the result against Belgium will determine who they play from either Japan or Colombia. The knockout game is the biggest game for a decade, so we had to make sure our key players were preserved.

"We kept pressing until the end". We have earned the right to play in this game.

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What's already been a shaky defense will be without Jerome Boateng, who picked up a red card. South Korea, with zero points, could even advance.

At Spurs, manager Mauricio Pochettino deploys Dier at central defence, in central midfield and in deep midfield, with the versatile player featuring as a defensive midfielder on 18 occasions, 12 times as a defender and nine times as a centre midfielder last season.

Meanwhile, RTE pundit Liam Brady said England's loss to Belgium demonstrated their lack of squad depth, particularly in midfield.

'It's courageous, everyone's talked about England must play the strongest team, must top the group, don't mess around but they've done just that.

Manchester United will be aiming to challenge for the Premier League title next season as they look to try and win the trophy for the first time since 2013. I thought they had the better controlled possession, and the better chances in the first half.

And former Chelsea FC star Drogba has admitted that he is "scared" about how good Lukaku can become if he keeps on developing his game for both club and country. I think we showed tonight that we still have levels to reach. Dier as I said was very, very negative.

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