Gareth Southgate: ‘Let Germany defeat be a warning for England’

England coach Gareth Southgate wasn't happy with some aspects of their 6-1 win over Panama

England coach Gareth Southgate wasn't happy with some aspects of their 6-1 win over Panama

Of course, they need to get past Colombia on Tuesday first, who are 16th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, with England 12th. But thanks to a number of upsets and disappointing starts from known powerhouse countries, one side of the World Cup bracket looks overpowering, while the other now provides a seemingly more friendly path to the final.

"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".

Croatia has been a team that just hasn't gotten the proper amount of respect on the global stage.

Belgium and England couldn't be closer going into tonight's game to decide which side tops the group. "We were coming up against world-class teams with great players".

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. Still, this promises to be an exciting match.

And that means England supporters are revelling in the fact their team has gone further in the a World Cup than Germany for the first time since they beat them in the final in 1966.

I'm fascinated by this matchup. The knockout game is the biggest game for a decade, so we had to make sure our key players were preserved.

"Now a different kind of match is heading our way, these will be completely full-on, to the death matches, win or you are out". Sweden hasn't reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup since 1994, when it finished in third place.

Romelu Lukaku is a doubt for Belgium's crucial World Cup top-of-the-table clash with England, report Sky Sports.

You can keep up with the schedule and all of the results of the World Cup as they happen here. Momentum shifts in games and I think we kept pressing right to the end.

Friday is the first day without any World Cup football, which will be odd! Portugal didn't look terrific during group play (particularly defensively), and Uruguay looked wonderful but did so against lesser competition.

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