Gareth Southgate: ‘Let Germany defeat be a warning for England’
Jun 28 2018
If England go on to win that last-16 game, be it against Senegal, Japan or Colombia, they will face the victor the last-16 tie between Group E winners Brazil and Group F runners-up Mexico in the quarter-finals.
The Thursday game will decide who wins Group G.
Dier sat alongside Southgate for Wednesday's press conference and the England manager confirmed that the versatile Spurs man would indeed start for their final group game.
"I think it's going to be an open game", he said. We've not won a knockout game since 2006, so why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semifinal is beyond me, really.
Southgate is such an admirer of Germany's national team, indeed he has trawled through hours of tapes to study their secrets, right down to the small details such as how many free-kicks the five-times world champions concede in their own half (answer: very few).
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"Indirectly, they've had a big bearing on what we're doing now, but in sport and in life you have to keep evolving". So much of his game is about athleticism, so if he is at all held back by this injury, there is a danger that we could be weaker as a result.
Expect drama and entertainment aplenty after impressive displays from both teams so far.
One of the players Jones knows best of all is Old Trafford team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who is one behind Golden Boot rival Harry Kane in the tournament's scoring charts.
"It shows that with Italy and the Netherlands out before the tournament, Chile, who were in the Confederations Cup final, and now Germany, you can not relax and miss the opportunity to constantly improve". "We are in the fortunate position", Southgate said.
With 35 Premier League players from the 2017/18 campaign playing for either England or Belgium during the World Cup there will be plenty of familiar faces on show.
"The priority is not to win", Martinez said.
"There is more than just Lukaku to worry about and we've got a number of very good players in our team they need to be anxious about too", he added. "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years".