Kane benched as England, Belgium make wholesale changes

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England are now level on six points, goal difference and goals scored with Belgium, topping the group by virtue of their superior fair play record with one less booking. If that is tied, then the victor will be decided by a coin toss.

Despite a huge scare for Lionel Messi's Argentina, who needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to edge through to the knockout phase, all of the tournament's other big guns are through to the last 16 in Russian Federation.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who became only the fourth teenager to start a World Cup match for England, following Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Michael Owen, played well but doesn't stand a hope of usurping Kieran Trippier.

Perhaps it is a case of damned if he did and damned if he didn't in terms of the changes to his team, but by failing to avoid defeat, have England lost crucial momentum, and have they set themselves up for a fall?

Soccer Football - World Cup - England Training- England Training Camp, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 27, 2018.

We've said it once we'll say it again - it's coming home, LADs. The knockout game is the important one. The first defeat of their World Cup campaign.

Southgate held his press conference yesterday afternoon, at the same time that news filtered through from Kazan that holders Germany had been dumped out of the tournament by South Korea. "Remember, we made nine changes".

"Yeah I'm very pleased with that, to score a great goal against a great opponent", Januzaj said in the game's post-match press conference. "But in the past in England I had a lot of criticism and now I wanted to show the people that I am here, so you know I am very happy with that". "We came into the game wanting to win it, obviously we never won it, but we are still in the round of 16 and something to look forward to. We have to keep building that belief and building those experiences".

"We had a choice with our friendly matches to play teams who would be a bit easier, but we deliberately chose to play against top teams because we knew it would be better challenge".

England's Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot.

In Group H, Japan, Senegal and Colombia can all still qualify for the next phase. If Cahill gets a chance to play tonight then he will face a herculean task of keeping colleague Hazard quiet.

Japan coach Akira Nishino has warned his players against complacency when they meet the already eliminated Poles.

For four years, these teams had planned and toiled to be at their best for the World Cup. "Colombians had bought up 75 per cent of the tickets, filling the place with a Latin American rhythm and an unceasing broiling racket, which reached a crescendo when they took the lead late in the second half".

Aliou Cisse´s Senegal will attempt to succeed where the rest of their continental rivals failed, with Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all out.

Friday is a rest day.

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