Gareth Southgate: Colombia clash is England's biggest in a decade

Posted June 29, 2018

"I believe it is a game we can win but it is going to be a fantastic challenge for us", he said.

Qualifying for the knockout stages in second place has sent the Three Lions into a preferable half of the draw for Canaries fans - if they can get past Colombia in the last 16. "So, why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really".

Defeat has actually given England what appears on paper to be a more favourable knockout path, though they must now face a risky Colombia team in the round of 16 rather than a Japan side who only qualified from Group H thanks to a better fair play record than Senegal.

"We want to win football matches, so we're not happy to come away from here having been beaten".

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"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.

"We had an opportunity to show all the talent we have in the group", he said.

For Martinez, the key thing was that his second-string team, including nine changes from the lineup that put a total of eight goals past Panama and Tunisia, had comfortably overcome a similarly experimental England side.

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The most important thing was to win the game and get the three points", Ronaldo said in a brief news conference after the match. Despite their valiant display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant.

"Now we need to look at individual players tomorrow and we want to perform well".

At the start of the summit, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel gave British counterpart Theresa May a Red Devils shirt before Wednesday night's match between Belgium and England. I go back to the fact we're trying to develop a winning mentality and I can't imagine a situation where I talk to the players about anything else.

"We saw that in the Euros two years ago". We created openings to get something from the game, but we have to keep improving.

Facing questions over whether he might have preferred to finish second - a draw or defeat would have had that effect - Martinez said: "Honestly, I am delighted".

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The Diario Extra argued that Costa Rica "got off on the wrong foot". The Ticos are hoping to improve on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The goal also represented a new record in this World Cup .