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

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Southgate said: "I don't think mentally we lose anything because Colombia know we've made changes and they know Belgium weren't their full team as well".

Long-serving England worldwide Gary Cahill, who played the full 90 minutes against Belgium after not featuring in the first two group matches, felt the game was a bit "bizarre," but maintained that the Three Lions were fully committed to trying to win and finish first. That's why we are here.

"It was a pretty even game, they [Belgium] had better control of possession and better chances in the first half, we had good ones in the second", Southgate said to ITV.

Adnan Januzaj's stunning goal secured a much-changed Belgium side a 1-0 win over England's second string at the World Cup. I thought they had the better controlled possession, and the better chances in the first half.

"In the last 30 years, how many times have England beaten Sweden?".

He added: "We don't like losing and don't want to lose matches, but the primary objective from the evening we've got".

England midfielder Fabian Delph has temporarily returned from the World Cup to attend the birth of his third child.

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"If we don't get to the last four I'd be shocked". A Danish scarf on his shoulders, minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen insisted he too was sure of victory, saying: "If you can't join them, beat them".

Nonetheless, the 70-year-old Eriksson, who took England to World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 and 2006, believes his former side will outscore Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday, particularly if they play Marcus Rashford instead of Raheem Sterling alongside five-goal Harry Kane up front.

On the hand, Three Lions' star defender John Stones is not a doubt for England's fixture against Colombia on Tuesday, July 3.

Southgate also said he was ready to accept any criticism that would come with the defeat, but said he had achieved his "primary objective" by resting his players.

The games kick off at 10pm, only on Now TV's World Cup channels (618 and 619).

It remains to be seen who England will play in the knockout stages, where the result against Belgium will determine who they play from either Japan or Colombia.

"For me, it's going to be a brilliant game to be involved in".

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