Why England and Belgium both want to lose tomorrow's Group G matchup

30 June 2018, 12:39 | Kristine Mills

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The 32-year-old sees no reason the loss against Belgium, in which England captain Harry Kane was left on the bench, should put the Three Lions off course.

Both sides have qualified for the last 16, and all that is to be resolved is who finishes top of group G.

Below are more details on the broadcast, which will be aired in Spanish and will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

One man who remains extremely positive about England's chances, though, is the national team's former coach Gary Neville.

But England top Group G because they have a better disciplinary record, after receiving two bookings compared to Belgium's three.

The team is to not look too far ahead in the tournament as this World Cup is very unpredictable, but instead focus on the fame against Japan. The match will also be livestreamed in Spanish on TelemundoDeportes.com and via the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and NBC Sports apps.

Sportsmail understands Kane was desperate to play in the final Group G clash in Kaliningrad on Thursday night as he sought to stretch his lead in the race for the Golden Boot.

Martinez wants to keep history out of Thursday's game, hoping to rest key players and unsure that finishing first is an advantage given the possible future opponents.

Both sides made sweeping changes for the game, which was settled by a brilliant goal from Adnan Januzaj just after half-time.

As England move into the World Cup knockout stage, what are the lessons of their setback in Kaliningrad?

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"It doesn't derail us", he said.

It was arguably England's toughest game up to yet in the Russian World Cup against Belgium, let's face it.

Finishing second, England take on Colombia, with a potential quarterfinal against the victor of Sweden vs. Switzerland.

But the result also means Gareth Southgate's young side avoid the top half of the draw in Russian Federation, which contains heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil. "People will say it is only the right decision if we win, but we're potentially going into a match with extra time having risked players we didn't need to risk".

In the other match in Group G, Tunisia notched their first win at a World Cup for 40 years, beating debutants Panama 2-1 to leave Russian Federation on a high.

"I think it will be an interesting game, a 50-50 game, and both teams are qualified so it will be a odd game", said Fellaini, who plays in England for Manchester United, having made his name for another Premier League club Everton.

Both Belgium and England should expect to reach the quarterfinals, but don't be all that surprised if one - or both of them - don't.

The evening would ultimately end in frustration for Gareth Southgate, who will feel justified in making eight changes to his starting lineup, as his side's 12-match unbeaten run came to an end in Kaliningrad.

German media have given a damning verdict of the campaign, which will be remembered as the first time since 1938 that the country has failed to make it past the first round.



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