The rest would be decided three hours before the whistle. Of course, given how the smaller teams have performed with South Korea beating Germany and Iceland holding Argentina, one shouldn't get too excited of facing a "weaker team". You don't know what will happen and now, not all the top teams have got through. Never set out to lose.
Dier sat alongside Southgate for Wednesday's press conference and the England manager confirmed that the versatile Spurs man would indeed start for their final group game. It is an insult to any opponent to play at less than full strength. The final round of matches in group H take place at 3pm. The match came to be known as the Disgrace of Gijon. Perhaps it would be better to follow the Champions League model and draw lots for the knockout stages.
How will England line up against Belgium? The only thing yet to be decided is who will progress as group victor. England has a slight edge over Belgium in this regard coming into the game.
In another exciting clash of FIFA World Cup 2018, England will take on Belgium on Thursday, June 28, at Kaliningrad Stadium of Oktyabrsky Island in Russian Federation.
Southgate was adamant nothing other than three points against Belgium has been discussed, insisting his side are prepared for the prospect of facing more hard opponents, having beaten Panama and Tunisia so far in Russian Federation. They finished runners-up to Croatia and are now seeded on the same side of the bracket as whoever wins Group G. I would love my team to keep winning, keep winning, keep winning. We expect several changes to personnel, given the strength and depth in the England squad, and Southgate's desire to ensure that those he may need to call on in the knockout phase have had match minutes.
"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round, but we're pleased we're in the next round". The Belgian manager Mr Martinez has said that he is more concerned with resting players.
Meanwhile Beligum are also expected to field a weakened side, with Roberto Martinez already stating that tonight is not their priority. "Thibaut Courtois has been at a very good level, and I think it is positive for him to carry on playing, so I can guarantee you he will start tomorrow". The English bosses could give a rest to yellow card holder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kyle Walker and try other legs that have not got the chance to play in the world cup so far.