Roberto Martinez: You can't succeed looking for the easy way

Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are in prolific form at the World Cup

If England go on to win that last-16 game, they will face the victor of the last-16 tie between Group E winners Brazil and Group F runners-up Mexico in the quarter-finals.

England's defeat sends them to Moscow to face Colombia - so was this the first reality check for Southgate and his players at a World Cup that has gone so smoothly or simply a glancing blow delivered in a phoney war?

The victor of group G will be decided on fair play ratings and England have collected two yellow cards to Belgium's three going into the tie. If that is tied, then the victor will be decided by a coin toss.

With talent such as Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, added to the fact England haven't fared so well at their last few major tournaments meant that the majority thought it would end up being a must-win game.

There has even been some talk that England might have an easier route at the World Cup if they lose in Kaliningrad.

If it was a gamble not to go for the win wholeheartedly then it is one Southgate appears at ease with and he certainly had no regrets about his team selection. It's been a odd end to an absorbing World Cup group stage. The knockout game is the important one.

"So why we are starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me, really".

England impressed in their opening two World Cup games, beating Tunisia 2-1 in Volgograd and thumping Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod. So that has come into his thinking and Southgate, i understands, has been chopping and changing with potential line-ups in training this week, since the thumping win against Panama on Sunday.

Whether Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez make many changes or not, there's sure to be plenty of top Premier League stars on the pitch. I don't think it would be professional for us to risk those players missing a knockout game. That would mean we top the group and then we can move forward.

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"Sometimes it's hard to keep the positivity and spirits up, especially after a defeat, but we were playing against a good team today".

England's Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot. But then this is a slightly weird scenario for all involved: where finishing second in Group G could offer a more favourable run to the semi-finals.

"Now we need to look into our individual players".

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

While every other group in the World Cup has come down to nail-shredding final matches, Group G is concluding with a kickabout between B-teams.

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.

The Three Lions showed more attacking intent during the final stages of the first half but they were let down by their final pass, as the sides went into the break scoreless.

Friday is a rest day. "Most people are seeing it as a win due to who England could now face on the road to the final".

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