We're here to win, not plot final route, says England's Southgate

Trent Alexander Arnold making his debut against Costa Rica

Trent Alexander Arnold making his debut against Costa Rica

When the World Cup draw was first released, the final game of Group G between England and Belgium looked like a tantalising prospect - two European superpowers facing off in a match that would likely decide the group winners.

"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 shows that any team can be vulnerable", said Southgate, who more than most Englishmen has suffered at the hands of German footballers.

England is now leading the group, but only on the "fair play" tiebreaker, meaning Belgium could still win the group even if the match ends in a draw. In fact, they head into the match with the exact same record, posting eight goals apiece - a figure equalled by Russian Federation alone - and conceding twice.

"We're trying to develop a winning mentality and I can't imagine a situation where I stand in front of the group of players I've got and start talking to them about anything else", said the former under-21s coach. If that is tied, then the victor will be decided by a coin toss. But they have played teams who have been tactically very good.

"But they would have won two games. I'm looking forward to seeing us play again".

"That´s the reality. We wanted to qualify, we´ve done that".

"There are players on yellow cards".

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"We want to perform well but I think the priority is not to win", he said. Families and friends of other squad players are traveling out for the Belgium game in the hope they will play.

Loew, who led his side to glory against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, refused to be drawn on his future in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday´s result.

" It is understood that even the players have been surprised at how many changes Southgate is making for the Belgium game".

The knockout bracket of the World Cup is set with groups sending their top two teams to opposite sides, a process usually makes for a fairly evenly stacked bracket.

"If I go and headbutt Roberto in the last five minutes, then you'll know that maybe we're taking a different approach to getting through!"

Does the concept of "winning the right way" even matter in this amoral era of capitalism - when the line between right and wrong is usually determined by the bottom line?

But Southgate appears to be planning for the knockouts by resting his captain.

Sky Sports readers have picked their England XI to face Belgium for Thursday evening's Group G decider in Kaliningrad.

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