Why England and Belgium both want to lose tomorrow's Group G matchup

Why England and Belgium both want to lose tomorrow's Group G matchup

Why England and Belgium both want to lose tomorrow's Group G matchup

Belgium's attack once again shines and in this one a bit more than England's, to win the group.

England´s forward Harry Kane celebrates with England´s midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) after scoring a penalty during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, 2018.

Jose Mourinho sees England's a Group G decider with Belgium as being a "match full of friends" but which players will be cut from their opponents' Christmas card list when the final whistle blows in Kalinigrad on Thursday? .

However, the focus will be on England vs Belgium.

The group winners will play Group H's runners-up on Monday night, with the side finishing second facing whoever tops that section 24 hours later.

So you can almost take it as guaranteed that England will finish second but then lose in the last 16.

England impressed in their opening two World Cup games, beating Tunisia 2-1 in Volgograd and thumping Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod.

"They have a brilliant opportunity first and foremost to play in a World Cup, they want to show what they can do".

The Three Lions have enjoyed a strong start to this summer's campaigns, with wins over Tunisia and Panama.

That was despite the fact England have not won a knockout game since the World Cup in 2006. I don't think it would be professional of us to put those players at a risk of missing the knockout phase. I don't like people even talking about it, it's just negative'.

With both teams safely through to the knockout stages, each coach has suggested they will make changes - as many as 10 have been mooted for Belgium whilst Gareth Southgate will also shuffle his English pack in Kaliningrad.

Former England striker Alan Shearer said on BBC One he would make "two or three changes maybe, not four or five". From an England view, it is important to give the squad faith and trust. We know Belgium and England are through to the round of 16, but now we have to see who finishes in first place. Now is the only time'.

Results elsewhere and the way the knockout draw has fallen so far have led to widespread suggestions the runner up out of England and Belgium would be in a better position to blaze a trail into the latter stages.

With the benefit of being the last teams to play in the group stage, both teams will have full knowledge of the knockout bracket by the time they kickoff at 6am - which may lead to the odd situation of both teams attempting to lose the match. Do me a favour.

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