Belgium's surprising approach to England match

Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Vardy and Rashford all come in, as well as Eric Dier, who takes over the captain's armband from Harry Kane.

Both teams now they will face one of Colombia or Japan in the last 16, with the Group G winners facing Japan and the runners up playing against Colombia.

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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With both managers making wholesale changes having already secured qualification from the group, the two teams played with so little intensity during the first half that they were booed and jeered by local fans inside the ground at half-time.

France, Argentina and European champions Portugal also potentially lie in the way of Belgium's latest "golden generation" reaching their nation's first World Cup final.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois catches the ball during his team's 1-0 win over England on Thursday.

Belgium have the resources to better overcome the absence of the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

Adnan Januzaj of Belgium celebrates scoring his team's opening goal.

A controversial Chicharito goal gave Mexico a win over South Korea
But history was not on Mexico's side because it had not won back-to-back matches at a World Cup since 2002. Osorio's team started on the front foot, with Miguel Layun seeing plenty of the ball in wide positions.

England's coach Gareth Southgate during his press conference ahead of England vs Belgium at the Kaliningrad stadium on June 27, 2018 in Kaliningrad. I didn't think many people could think that can be a possibility.

If England win in Moscow, it will be a case of no harm done and they can march on to a winnable World Cup quarter-final against either Sweden or Switzerland.

England didn't pick up a single yellow card in the game, though Belgium's win negated the prematch hype around another round of 16 match decided by "fair play".

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

Although Belgium was the victor of the group, it might have the tougher road to the final with Brazil, Portugal, France and Argentina possible future opponents.

"But Belgium are miles better than the other teams we've played so perhaps it's been a bit of a wake-up call for the players".

"We've played well in the games leading into it and played well in the tournament".

As expected both managers used their squads to the full - Martinez switching nine players and Southgate bringing in eight from his reserves, a decision he had described as a "no brainer" in the circumstances.

"We are happy that tomorrow is probably one day too early, but I don't think he is going to take any longer than that". "I would keep him in the side - that would be tough on Ashley Young but you need that left-footed player in the team". It felt like a proper World Cup match in the stands, even if it was a odd affair on it, with two of the best benches in World Cup history.

  • Lawrence Cooper