Southgate gamble piles pressure on England for Colombia clash

Russia map Where is Kaliningrad? Is it safe for England fans

Russia map Where is Kaliningrad? Is it safe for England fans

"Of course, if we don't win, I understand people would say whatever about the Belgium game as well, but that was the right thing to do and you've got to take decisions you believe are the right ones".

England defeated Tunisia with a last-gasp Harry Kane goal and thrashed Panama 6-1 in their second game, as both themselves and Belgium guaranteed progress to the knockout stage with a match to spare.

And that means England supporters are revelling in the fact their team has gone further in the a World Cup than Germany for the first time since they beat them in the final in 1966. Brazil have won three of four, including the 1994 final in Los Angeles, and France two of four, losing to Italy in the deciding game in Berlin in 2006.

The game was gradually gaining momentum as the Three Lions produced a fight back into the contest.

Southgate saw his tame effort saved and England crashed out in the semi-finals with a side under Terry Venables that were good enough to land the trophy themselves.

"Our key is a knockout game that we're hugely looking forward to".

"I felt the need to sit with him, but he was brilliant, absolutely brilliant", Southgate said of the striker. They are risky at set plays but we are as good as anybody at set plays.

"I know that he comes out fast and spreads himself very big when he comes out".

Virginia Postrel: The art of Melania's green jacket
As she was on her way to meet children who were separated from their families , it was as if her heart wasn't into it. Twitter users were quick to criticise the first lady's jacket faux pas and the not-so-hidden message.

If England do lose, the gamble will have backfired spectacularly on Southgate, given they are 12 years without a knockout victory in a major tournament. Many players in the 23 - overseen by a different manager in Southgate - were not at Euro 2016, and the feeling of wanting to try to make amends for what happened two years ago may be something that adds particular drive to those who were.

"We want to win football matches, so we're not happy to come away from here having been beaten".

"It's exciting", Southgate said of the clash. "If we have made changes, we keep updating the list".

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Colombia defeated the only African team left in the tournament Senegal, in their last Group H match.

Gareth Southgate made eight changes to the side which beat Panama last weekend and the Three Lions ended up losing as Adnan Januzaj netted the impressive victor for Belgium.

"It looked like Colombia had 30,000-40,000 fans in the stadium".

"Obviously after the injury I was frustrated, but I've been doing a lot of work every day to make sure I'm back and I am ready to go".

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.