Should England lose to Belgium? Former Three Lions stars fire warning

Marcus Rashford Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in action

A runners-up spot in Group G would ensure England avoid a potential quarter-final with Brazil, yet Gary Neville insists Southgate's side can not play to lose against Belgium.

Southgate has always publicly insisted England will play to win the game although he has spoken about keeping the group happy.

And Southgate said recent World Cup results have refocused England minds.

Despite a huge scare for Lionel Messi´s Argentina, who needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to edge through to the knockout phase on Tuesday, all of the tournament´s remaining big guns are through to the last 16 in Russian Federation.

The World Cup knockout bracket has already begun to take shape, and it's clear that one side of the bracket is a much more challenging path to the final.

"World Cups are all about momentum", he said.

"We're trying to develop a winning mentality and I can't imagine a situation where I stand in front of the group of players I've got and start talking to them about anything else", said the former under-21s coach.

After a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia and then a 6-1 thrashing of a Panama team who, as Rio Ferdinand said, had all the quality of a non-league side, suddenly "football's coming home". "Why we would be starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really".

More news: AT&T's new unlimited plans still cheaper than Verizon's

The Three Lions booked their place in the last 16 by defeating Tunisia and Panama in their opening two group matches. Eden Hazard vs England should be rested.

Captain Harry Kane is the top goalscorer at the World Cup with five goals so far and the Tottenham talisman is likely to start against Belgium.

But Southgate did concede he would probably make some changes for a clash that neither side needs to win.

Gareth Southgate is considering his team selection for the game in Kaliningrad on Thursday, when the section will be claimed, and is expected to make a handful of changes to freshen up his side's approach. "At that point it was one or the other", the ex-Wigan Athletic and Everton manager added. I don't think it would be professional of us to put those players at a risk of missing the knockout phase. "There are players who have been in very demanding games so its very important for us to protect and give every player the best opportunity to be in the best condition in the knockout games".

And Vardy is to get the nod tonight despite Kane battling for the Golden Boot.

'It's so hard to make a prediction on the game given we don't know what the England or Belgium teams are going to be, but I don't see either side taking their foot off the gas. Families and friends of other squad players are traveling out for the Belgium game in the hope they will play.

"For England to face Brazil in the last eight, it'll be tough".

But Southgate refused to entertain such a thought.

Related News:



Most liked

Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2
Another against England would see them suspended for the first of the knockout games. "It's a game that we can celebrate and enjoy".

Yarmuth says House immigration legislation unlikely this week
Ted Lieu of California has aired audio on the House floor of sobbing children in a detention center crying out for their parents. Trump's tweets come just days after he insisted Congress needed to act to resolve the problems at the U.S. -Mexico border.

France Finish Top Ahead Of Denmark After World Cup Stalemate
Denmark and France will wrap up Group C play at the World Cup on Tuesday when the two European powers meet in Moscow. Denmark took the lead during the game through a stunning first-half strike from Christian Eriksen .

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reveals name of baby daughter
Ardern answered questions with a broad smile while rocking Neve back and forth as she slept. Ardern was presented with the booties during her trip to Sydney in March.

James Harden named NBA's Most Valuable Player
James was able to lead the Cavaliers to the Finals for the fourth straight season despite only having the fourth seed in the East. Harden's award will undoubtedly cause more debate to occur in the coming days due to James' similarly-incredible campaign.

Liverpool star Mo Salah might quite Egypt
But his global future will now be under consideration as a result of the events in Chechnya during the tournament. A picture of Salah walking beside Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov drew criticism ahead of the competition.

'Zero Tolerance' Remains in Effect as First Lady Visits Migrant Kids
She was told the children there, most of whom are between the ages of 12 and 17, are usually "distraught" when they first enter. USA first lady Melania Trump walks from her to her motorcade wearing a Zara design jacket with the phrase "I Really Don't Care".

Lauda and Hamilton critical of Vettel penalty
After all the commotion, polesitter Hamilton was leading with Verstappen second, Ricciardo fourth, Vettel 11th and Bottas 13th. Driving conditions were optimal at the 5.8-kilometer (3.6-mile) circuit situated just inland from the Cote d' Azur.

Senegal will make Africa proud!
A win for England would see them head into a final group game against Belgium to determine who finishes top. Senegal advances with a draw or win, but if it loses it will need Japan to lose by more.

Luis Suarez sends Uruguay through with goal on his 100th appearance
The fact that Luis Suarez has got off the mark is a welcome bonus that only makes them more risky . Saudi Arabia's national team endured an engine malfunction on the flight to Rostov-on-Don.

Priest caught on tape violently grabbing & slapping baby during baptism
The priest loses his temper with the upset child and delivers a hard slap across the face. Unbelievably, there were some commenters who defended the priest's actions.

Theresa May condemns Donald Trump’s caging of migrant children in US
If he does come, we would have to accept our responsibilities, whether it's myself or the Government in Edinburgh , to meet him. Trump has shown little sign of a change of direction despite both global and domestic criticism . "Democrats are the problem".

Bithumb Cryptocurrency Exchange Was Hacked - Hackers Have Stolen $31 Million In Cryptos
Demand for Bitcoin was so extreme at one point that it lifted prices in the country 50 percent higher than those in America. This incident is the second of such attacks on a crypto exchange platform in South Korea, in as many weeks.

House leadership postpones vote on large-scale amnesty bill
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have expressed concerns with the bill as have members of the moderate wing. The House bill is a compromise between the conservative and moderate factions that dragged on for several weeks.

Newman agrees to two-way contract with the LA Lakers
Upon transfer to Lawrence, he sat out one year before emerging as one of the best offensive weapons for Bill Self's team. He joined Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to have 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal.