Jordan Pickford puts England victory first as Belgium ponder options

Germany continued the trend of winning the World Cup after progressing top of their group

Germany continued the trend of winning the World Cup after progressing top of their group

Dele Alli was part of a small section of the England World Cup squad to train after a thigh problem saw him miss Sunday's record win over Panama. So, I think that's risky territory if we start trying to plot and predict where we might end up.

The victor of Group G will go to 1G.

"If we could have seven days to prepare (for) the game and then have another seven days until the next game, I would say let's carry on with the same starting 11", Martinez said. But thanks to a number of upsets and disappointing starts from known powerhouse countries, one side of the World Cup bracket looks overpowering, while the other now provides a seemingly more friendly path to the final.

"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.

With that in mind, Martinez said he was unlikely to field any players who have a yellow card in case they picked up another and are disqualified from the round of 16.

We will therefore rely on Lukaku, signed for £75 million last summer, to build on his 27-goal debut season and fire us into title contention.

"We had a really favourable draw, we all thought, in the last tournament [Euro 2016] and it didn't work out that way".

Southgate wanting to win Group G is great to hear amid rumours that England could play to lose against Belgium in order to finish second and guarantee an easier quarter-final.

England scored seven in both 1986 and 1998 and six on three other occasions, including both 2002 and 2006, but the Panama game alone brought more goals than England's last two World Cups combined - three in 2010 and two in Brazil four years ago.

For a start, the winners of a group are afforded an easier route into the next round by design.

"This is my third World Cup now, been to the Euros and I've never felt so confident".

"We've not won a knockout game since 2006", he said. 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.

See below for a preview on the games, including predictions from former England and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365's Steve Freeth.

"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". They know victory against Mexico could still send them through, though, while their opponents, despite two wins from two, still need a point to guarantee progression, which would also confirm top spot.

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