Januzaj gives Belgium 1-0 lead over England

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Should they beat Colombia, England will face Sweden or Switzerland, swerving a potential quarter-final against Brazil and also meaning they avoid the side of the draw which features four of the seven highest-ranked sides in the world.

England haven't won a knockout game at a tournament since 2006 and Southgate insisted he had to seek every possible advantage ahead of what he described as the Three Lions' "biggest game for a decade".

"We all want to win the game, and afterwards we'll shake hands and it'll be how it always is". I think the supporters understand what the most important thing is. I don't think anyone played poorly. If they stay there after Thursday evening's meeting between the two sides, they will face Group H runners-up Japan.

It was the first time in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.

Both have secured qualification to the knockout rounds and will play either Colombia, Japan or Senegal depending on the final results Thursday.

The biggest cheers were reserved for yellow cards, adding to the hilarity of the spectacle.

England fans are expected to turn out in greater numbers for the match, nicknamed the Brexit derby, after one leading fan group estimated the turnout for the first game against Tunisia was the lowest travelling support for 30 years.

It's very unlikely either side will approach the game looking for second place, however, as carrying momentum through the tournament can be key to a successful campaign. It's going to be hard, but they will all be. Losing 1-0 to a wonderful Adnan Januzaj goal, England will now take on Colombia next Tuesday; a win there offering them what would appear a clear route to a semi-final - at least.

Their advance, though, came only after a risky gamble paid off. "Some outstanding individual players but we feel we are a team that is improving".

"We tried to take as much of an advantage as we could on a physical level". We were not happy about the situation of course.

He said his decision to make six changes to his side was down to fatigue rather than any attempt to play for a draw.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas: "Gareth Southgate said some of players needed 90 minutes and it looked that way for a few of the players".

"They are both world-class teams", said Nishino.

"People will say that will only be the right decision if we win but it was the right decision because we could potentially be going into another match that could go into extra time and risking players we didn't need to risk".

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