Colombia ready for 'full-on, to-the-death' England match
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 30, 2018,
Jun 30, 2018, 2:16
The Tottenham Hotspur sharpshooter is expected to lead the England attack against Belgium in their final group fixture tomorrow night. "We'll will make a final assessment tonight for him to be involved or not.At the moment he is still in the recovery phase and had a really hard knock against Tunisia". But it's also the 4th time this century that the defending champions got knocked out in the first round.
Both Belgium and England had been sure to qualify for the next round of the World Cup, so the result is of little importance, but national pride remains a potent force.
"I think it will be an interesting game, a 50-50 game, and both teams are qualified so it will be a odd game", said Fellaini, who plays in England for Manchester United, having made his name for another Premier League club Everton.
Having made eight changes, including resting captain Harry Kane, Southgate saw an Adnan Januzaj goal clinch victory and top spot for a much-changed Belgium.
As it stands it may actually prove more beneficial to finish second in the group as those who top it are on course to face Brazil in a possible quarter-final, compared to the prospect of either Switzerland or Sweden in the quarter-final for whoever finishes second.
"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". "We were coming up against world-class teams with great players". "We've not won a knockout game since 2006", he said.
Zinedine Zidane was missing due to injury as France were stunned 1-0 by Senegal in their first game, and they followed that with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay, as Thierry Henry was sent off. "We're just pleased we're in the next round". "Some outstanding individual players but we feel we are a team that is improving. But everyone understands - in the dressing room and in the group - what we're trying to do".