Why England and Belgium may not want to win Group G

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Why England and Belgium may not want to win Group G

England and Belgium are locked together with two wins apiece at the top of Group G heading into their final encounter on Friday morning (AEST).

Belgium and England may have already qualified for the last-16 of the World Cup, but their match tomorrow may have huge importance in their bid to be world champions.

The victor of group G will be decided on fair play ratings and England have collected two yellow cards to Belgium's three going into the tie.

Their battle in Kaliningrad follows the dramatic exit of Joachim Loew´s 2014 winners, who finished rock bottom of their group after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea, the final humiliation after a campaign that never caught fire.

Portugal, France, Argentina and Brazil all find themselves in that side.

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.

They then played Germany in the semis and, in all honesty, Pies' memory gets a bit hazy after that.

William Hill has over 200 markets available on every World Cup match. "We want to win. Why we would be starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really".

Now the Three Lions are ahead of Belgium on the table thanks to the fact that the Red Devils have accrued three yellow cards to England's two.

Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Toby Alderweireld are among the Belgium players who are with Premier League clubs.

Harry Kane is the competition's top scorer with five goals to his name.

Roberto Martínez has said he will make 10 changes for the match, but Gareth Southgate will be silly not to go for the win.

'I don't know how you would mentally approach a game like that.

"We want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win". From an England view, it is important to give the squad faith and trust.

At this World Cup though, conventional wisdom has been turned on its head.

As one can see, the group toppers will move into the top half of the draw while the group runners-up move into the bottom half of the draw. It doesn't matter who we might play next because to get as far as you can, to get to the final you're going to have to face these top teams.

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

Many pundits think that England will be in a better position if they lose today and avoid a quarter-final clash with Brazil.

Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia´s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle.

Belgium has fared little better - winning just one knockout game at the big dance since finishing fourth in the 1986 World Cup.

Friday is a rest day in Russian Federation.

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