Beckham wings in as Southgate challenges England to make history

Heather Diaz
July 6, 2018

The England players had accepted Southgate's plan to make eight changes for the game against Belgium in Kaliningrad, where they were beaten 1-0, with the manager making a point of taking his captain, Harry Kane, to one side to explain his reasoning.

"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.

Launched into the shoulder of goalkeeper Joe Hart, Cahill broke his jaw and was ruled out of the tournament.

After years of struggling to progress to the latter stages, James Rodriguez´s tournament-topping six goals steered Colombia to their best-ever finish of the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago.

"I've put in a lot of work".

"When we thought we would meet Brazil or Germany I thought quarter-final is as far as we go but I think it can be at east semi-finals at least now because we're missing Brazil". "It was a huge blow".

While Belgium will undoubtedly enjoy heading into the knockout stage having won every match they have played thus far, the team now finds itself with a much more hard path to the final.

With both teams safely through to the knockout stages, each coach has suggested they will make changes - as many as 10 have been mooted for Belgium whilst Gareth Southgate will also shuffle his English pack in Kaliningrad.

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"We don't like losing, we don't like to lose matches, but the primary objectives for me we got and I understand that and I think the supporters in the stadium understood that as well".

After 25 minutes Marouane Fellaini tried to test Pickford after chesting down a corner, but his clever strike was cleared off the line by a defender at the far post.

The 61-year-old, from Bradford on Avon, in Wiltshire, said he hoped to see an England win and would not lose out on bookings in Rostov, the city where the Three Lions' could have played had they won the group.

England coach Southgate is unsure if winning is an advantage. "They are carrying a few knocks but it doesn’t matter".

Maguire came on at half-time to replace John Stones, who raised concerns when he was seen with strapping on his left calf in the dugout.

A member of the current midfield crop, Tottenham's Eric Dier, was understandably keen to avoid such bold pronouncements as he spoke alongside his manager. He said: 'Look, I know everyone says I want the Golden Boot.

But will England's World Cup campaign now suffer now they've deliberately ended their winning momentum?

"People will say that will only be the right decision if we win but it was the right decision because we could potentially be going into another match that could go into extra time and risking players we didn't need to risk". But we had to make a decision we felt gave us the best opportunity preparing the whole squad for that game, and that's what we tried to do.

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