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Unlike Southgate, the former Everton and Wigan manager said he was approaching Thursday´s game with one eye firmly on the knockout rounds.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who became only the fourth teenager to start a World Cup match for England, following Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Michael Owen, played well but doesn't stand a hope of usurping Kieran Trippier.

And people are nearly making out that England did this on objective, one fan said: "England losing is possibly the smartest thing they could've done.avoid Brazil, Argentina, Uraguay, Portugal, France and Belgium".

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.

Tuesday, in the Spartak Stadium, will tell us all, but the England manager was unrepentant about his decisions after this game, insisting that it was sensible, rather than foolish, to keep his big guns off the pitch. Whereas a win against Colombia would guarantee either side a quarter-final clash with Sweden or Switzerland.

Of course, one team always was going to win the group, even if it came down to disciplinary record (Belgium had earned one more yellow card than England coming into the game).

Adnan Januzaj, who was making his first start for Belgium in this tournament, netted the only goal of the game in superb fashion.

The World Cup bracket is officially set, and Belgium looks to have a harder path to the final despite its win.

England are now level on six points, goal difference and goals scored with Belgium, topping the group by virtue of their superior fair play record with one less booking.

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What if England needed all three points on Thursday?

Gareth Southgate named eight changes to his side that beat Panama on Sunday, including selecting Marcus Rashford leading the line.

If Southgate wanted second and the easier side of the draw, his message did not get through to the Leicester City striker.

Regardless, it's ironic that fair play points - the signifier of the team who, in theory, has played the most within the "spirit of the game" - could be the thing that separates the two sides and lead to an easier run at winning the World Cup.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their previous 11 World Cup Group matches.

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.

When the England squad got out of bed today they had no idea if they will be playing Japan, Senegal or Colombia next week, but they will know their potential opponents when they kick-off in Kaliningrad at 7pm (UK time).

How does Southgate play this one, then? The former Manchester United winger scored the victor early in the second half with a lovely skill move and finish, as the Red Devils remained flawless with nine points from three matches.

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