Rules in the Knockout Stages

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Belgium finished top of Group G at the 2018 Word Cup as Adnan Januzaj's superb strike secured a 1-0 win over England on Thursday evening.

Southgate made eight changes for his side's final group game and Brady was heavily critical of the midfield trio of Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Among the Premier League stars on the national team rosters for this match are four of last season's top six goal scorers - England captainHarry Kane (Tottenham, second with 30 goals) and compatriots Jamie Vardy (Leicester City, fourth with 20 goals), and Raheem Sterling(Manchester City, fifth with 18 goals), and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United, sixth with 16 goals).

"The most important thing for me is the players are in the best physical condition for the game". "Our key objective was to get the players who haven't been playing, some game time". "Whatever happens next week that was the right decision", he added. It was a great opportunity and I think the boys have done well. But that is the least of my concerns. But the Leicester City defender, who was out of the starting XI against the Belgians, has backed Southgate's choice to make eight changes to the team that thrashed Panama the previous game.

"So, we're in to big matches where margins will be fine and judgment on me will be extremely harsh".

A set piece offered another chance as the game ticked into the final quarter, but Maguire's header back across goal was easily claimed by Courtois.

"None of us know if this side of the draw is advantageous or not".

Results elsewhere and the way the knockout draw has fallen so far have led to widespread suggestions the runner up out of England and Belgium would be in a better position to blaze a trail into the latter stages. "Maybe then", said the Belgium coach, "Platt's goal would have been a little bit of a memory for everyone".

"We don't suffer for (the loss)", Southgate said.

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"I don't think in a World Cup you can be successful by trying to hope to have an easy path".

"Gareth wanted to rotate and make sure everyone got the minutes they needed".

How does Southgate play this one, then? He fills you with confidence, no matter what decision is made.

"We need to look at ourselves, we are a stronger group than we were before the game".

In a match that neither seemed eager to win with the loser finishing on the easier side of the bracket in the knockout stage, there were chances to be taken but clinical finishing was off for both. Hopefully it can benefit us.

The game wasn't as bad as Tuesday's scoreless snooze-fest between France and Denmark, but when the final whistle blew, putting an end to 90 minutes of half-hearted and aimless running, all either side could do was shrug.