Gareth Southgate says Colombia clash is England’s game of the decade

England captain Harry Kane is the best No 9 at the World Cup according to his coach Gareth Southgate

Antonio Calanni England captain Harry Kane is the best No 9 at the World Cup according to his coach Gareth Southgate

"I think we talked about momentum shifts in games and we kept pressing to the end, the fans have been fantastic and they understand the most important thing". "We had a couple of really good chances but there was nothing in it".

Regardless of who prevails on Thursday night, the winners and runners up of Group G will face the winners or runners up of Group H, which could be either be Japan, Colombia or Senegal.

"We have not won a knockout game at a World Cup since 2006, why we would want to plan which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me", Southgate told reporters.

"Those who played gave everything and never stopped and created openings to get something from the game", Southgate said. That would mean we top the group and then we can move forward.

"We want to win football matches and we also know the big game is the knockout tie to come, so it was hard to balance all of those".

Meanwhile, RTE pundit Liam Brady said England's loss to Belgium demonstrated their lack of squad depth, particularly in midfield.

Belgium's attack once again shines and in this one a bit more than England's, to win the group. "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years". "We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to make the last 16". The organization has surprised everyone, I think it's given an incredible image of the Russian people, of Russia in general.

And former Chelsea FC star Drogba has admitted that he is "scared" about how good Lukaku can become if he keeps on developing his game for both club and country.

The last time this "golden generation" of Red Devils thought they had a soft draw they blew it, coach Roberto Martínez said.

"You've got Rashford and Vardy up front, they need service but they couldn't get anything tonight because of the lack of technical ability from those three lads". "Some outstanding individual players but we feel we are a team that is improving".

Facing questions over whether he might have preferred to finish second - a draw or defeat would have had that effect - Martinez said: "Honestly, I am delighted".

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