England can use knowledge of teammates to advantage, says Eric Dier

Posted June 29, 2018

A slightly freakish start to media duties at the Kaliningrad Stadium entailed, where Southgate delayed entering the room as long as possible watching Germany versus South Korea on a screen in the corridor outside, and then everyone had half an eye on social media or muted live streams for the first five minutes, until Germany's exit was confirmed. Two fewer bookings than Senegal, who had scored and conceded the same number of goals, saw them scrape across the line despite defeat to Poland. "It's been unusual to see them struggle as much as they have".

"It's obviously disappointing but we have to keep our spirits high in the camp and we have to take positivity into the next game, which is a obviously an important game for the county", he said.

As expected both managers utilised their squads to the full - Belgium's Roberto Martinez switching nine players and Southgate bringing in eight from his reserves, a decision he had described as a "no brainer" in the circumstances. He gets energised when he is alone and uses the time to mull things over.

Southgate has gambled, and time will tell if it paid off. This would in theory be their first real test, but there's little riding on the result and both teams will probably make changes.

Southgate did not get off the bench during the 2002 World Cup, and has spoken about how, while he clearly wished his team-mates well, ultimately it is not an enjoyable experience for those not involved.

'Anybody that plays against Colombia will know they are match ready.

If this game ends in a draw then Belgium and England will finish with identical group stage records, so the group winners will be determined by fair play points (England has a one yellow card advantage before kick off) or if that's level then it will be a random draw.

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Because Russia had the advantage on goal difference from its first two group matches, it would have won the group with a draw. Uruguay - Muslera 6, Coates 6, Godin 7, Caceres 6, Torreira 8, Nandez 6, Vecino 7, Bentancur 7, Laxalt 7, Suarez 7, Cavani 7.

"Now, we need to focus on Japan, England play Colombia, and if you think further than that it's a problem".

"We're always talking with our players about discipline on the pitch, avoiding giving away unnecessary free-kicks".

They can not be separated through traditional calculations, so the FIFA Fair Play standings based on cautions come into play. "We know our strongest 11, but what's pleasing is that there are guys that have put their hand up tonight to really push for a place". I can't imagine a situation where I talk to the players about anything else. "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years".

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round". A stark change from their quiet, sleepy Repino base.

Aliou Cisse's side, denied a first-half penalty when VAR judged that Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez had made a legitimate lunge on Liverpool's Sadio Mane, had looked set to finish behind Japan, with their opponents facing an early exit. Which many will agree, oh you brainy bunch.

"I was so looking forward to this vs game".

It's a clash of two teams with some familiar faces.

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