NBCSN to broadcast England-Belgium in World Cup

Southgate has already bettered Hodgson by leading England to the last 16 of the World Cup, ahead of the final Group G game against Belgium here, and the FA is delighted with his management. "Until now and I don't know why but he has not been used at all". "At this moment my thoughts are with the players who haven't played as much, but I have to consider everything before I decide upon my team".

Panama, appearing at the first ever World Cup, are one of the tournament's minnows, but that doesn't make the English faithful, and former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, aren't getting a little carried away.

"The signals from the Tottenham players in the Belgium squad are very positive - so that means he's a world class striker".

Germany and Brazil's struggles mean qualifying in second could actually yield a more favourable knockout path on paper, but Kane was dismissive of the notion that England will do anything other than try to make it three wins from three against Belgium. "We've learned an enormous amount from studying Germany as a team, last summer [at the Confederations Cup] not least, and implemented that".

"It's like a test for us, if you can keep a player like Harry Kane form scoring then you're keeping your focus and doing your defensive work well", he said. We expect several changes to personnel, given the strength and depth in the England squad, and Southgate's desire to ensure that those he may need to call on in the knockout phase have had match minutes.

If this World Cup has shown us anything, has it given us a glimpse of the new golden generation of England? Marcus Rashford is expected to take Raheem Sterling's place and Dele Alli is available again after training for the past two days.

England and Belgium will have a better idea of future opponents after Wednesday's games. We really hope it is.

"I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

"It would be risky and a real gamble to play any of the players who have yellow cards because you don't want a player missing in the knock-out stage", he said.

The two sides have qualified from Group G with a game to spare, and both Roberto Martinez and Southgate indicated they could rotate heavily in order to protect players carrying injuries or at risk of suspension.

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