Roberto Martinez: You can't succeed looking for the easy way

Roberto Martinez: You can't succeed looking for the easy way

Roberto Martinez: You can't succeed looking for the easy way

So basically, if the teams play tomorrow's game to benefit their own interests, we could be in for a game of anti-football, with both England and Belgium looking to lose - in other words, avoid scoring - while attempting to end up with more cards than the other team. I understand why people question those decisions, but we have to prepare the team in the way we feel right.

Romelu Lukaku is likely to miss the match for Belgium, which has stated it will rest a number of regulars.

Gareth Southgate is willing to accept any criticism that comes his way after making eight changes for England's World Cup defeat to Belgium.

Both teams had advanced to the round of 16 before the match. "Our key objective was to get the players who haven't been playing, some game time". "We're facing Japan, we've got to be ready for it", he said. If this match is a draw, then it is this disciplinary measure which will decide the final ordering of the group.

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play", said Southgate. Neither team needed to win and there was good reason for neither to even want to win.

"That´s the reality. We wanted to qualify, we´ve done that".

After the game, Pekerman told reporters he was anxious about the condition of the 26-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, while also attempting to play down the situation given Colombia's qualification for the last 16.

"We have won one knock-out match in the last 15 years or so, so our focus is to keep winning".

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"It just shows that any team can be vulnerable", said Southgate, who more than most Englishmen has suffered at the hands of German footballers.

"We had a choice with our friendly matches to play teams who would be a bit easier, but we deliberately chose to play against top teams because we knew it would be better challenge". They face the unsafe Colombia and will meet the victor of Sweden against Switzerland in the last eight if they come through.

Alexander-Arnold's surging run down the right saw him deliver a fine cross which Vardy couldn't direct on target.

In Group H, Colombia finished top of the standings with a 1-0 victory over Senegal while Japan barely squeezed into the final 16 despite losing 1-0 to Poland - because the Samurai Blue had fewer tournament yellow cards than Senegal.

Januzaj suddenly sparked the game into life moments later when he twisted and turned inside the England box before curling a wonderful strike into the top corner.

It led to an unreal atmosphere and a game that sometimes resembled a battle no-one wanted to win, summed by the sound of Belgium supporters cheering yellow cards, knowing their inferior disciplinary record could see them fail to win the group and plot a potentially easier route around Russian Federation.

Players react after the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Belgium at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 28, 2018.

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