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England's World Cup odds improve despite Belgium defeat

30 June, 2018, 18:36 | Author: Lora Ball

Once again, Fifa's Fair Play rules come into question on the same match day when Japan ran down the clock to ensure their progress.

And if England did have a plan all along, people are hoping that it doesn't go down the drain in the next round, with one person sharing on Twitter: "The most #England thing that could ever happen: Deliberately lose to #Belgium to avoid Brazil in the quarters". Except, as both countries had made abundantly clear throughout the week, neither wanted to come out on top.

Belgium hero Adnan Januzaj has said his winning goal in the 1-0 victory against England in Group G - his first worldwide goal - announced his presence to those who had criticized him during his playing career in England.

Roberto Martinez, Belgium's manager, made as many as 9 changes from the side that beat Tunisia 5-2 in Matchday 2, while Gareth Southgate, England's manager, made 8 changes to the side that beat Panama 6-1.

"It's going to be a brilliant game to be involved in".

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No side is going to win it without beating at least one or two strong sides, and Belgium are now supposed to be considered legitimate contenders.

In fact, it could turn out to be something of a curse.

Topping Group "G" means playing whoever will have finished second in Group H earlier on Thursday - Colombia, Senegal or Japan. England will face Colombia on Tuesday in Moscow.

English World Cup self-pity often centers on the national team's semi-final defeat by Germany on penalties at Italia '90 but Belgians have their own painful memories of 28 years ago at the hands of England and now they want payback.

It's an unfortunate turn of events for Rashford, who would have deserved his promotion ahead of England's second game.

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"They have shown in this World Cup that they can bounce back from a defeat and win games".

Instead of taking that treacherous path, the loser's biggest obstacles would all of a sudden be Colombia, Croatia, Sweden and Spain.

"He and [Roberto] Martínez were both probably looking at the bigger picture and know that the next game is the biggest one of them all". Shortly after the half, the speedy forward skipped past defender Danny Rose and curled a shot into the top corner past a diving Jordan Pickford to put his side up for good. In worldwide football, that's just nearly a desperate call to see a loose team with no understanding of what we're trying to do. Just don't expect a classic. The Uruguayans have the better side, but Portugal has the better player in Cristiano Ronaldo, which might be the only edge it needs.

"Making predictions in the World Cup can be a little bit hard", Martinez said, insisting Belgium would concentrate on their meeting with Japan in Rostov-on-Don. But the prospect of trying to pick up some sneaky yellow cards, a move which backfired quite spectacularly for David Beckham in a 2004 World Cup qualifier, has not even been broached with the squad, Southgate said.

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