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Speaking to Fox Sports, he said: 'I feel angry not to go, we could have been there, but I want Belgium to be world champion for my friend Lukaku. Midfielder James Rodriguez, who won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup, is another notable name in their ranks - although he has struggled with injury so far at this tournament, and was forced off in the first half of their final group game on Thursday.

He added that it was "important we react positively to the defeat" against Belgium.

Adnan Januzaj's stunning goal secured a much-changed Belgium side a 1-0 win over England's second string at the World Cup.

Thibaut Courtois also faced the media on Friday and was asked for his thoughts on compatriot Fellaini, who was handed a new two-year contract by Manchester United. Had the game finished in a draw, England would have topped the group on the newly introduced fair play rule and set up a last-16 game with Japan.

But a second-placed finish is seen as a more favourable route through the tournament, avoiding a potential quarter-final against five-time winners Brazil.

A harsh defeat to Germany aside, Sweden have been quietly impressive at the tournament so far, beating Mexico 3-0 in their final group game.

"I think even tonight it was brilliant experience for people like Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) to play in World Cup matches".

"We've looked at individual processes, individual techniques".

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The side's most recent knockout tie ended in humiliation when England were beaten 2-1 by Iceland at Euro 2016.

"People will say "well, that will only be the right decision if we win" but it was the right decision because we would potentially be going into a match that could go to extra-time and risking players we didn't need to risk".

"It's exciting", Southgate said of the clash.

"But if we believe it's the right thing then stand by it".

There was a odd feeling around the game as both teams were already assured of progress to the last 16, with talk about the best path to the final compounded by a combined 17 changes.

He said: "I think both the teams were fairly evenly matched".

"Obviously he's a fantastic player", Alli said of the last World Cup's Golden Boot victor.

"It's one of the reasons why we've done what we did (against Belgium), to give ourselves the best possible opportunity of doing that". Your team's last-16 game with Colombia should be an absolute doddle.

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