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Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

28 June 2018

Against a defence as porous as Panama's has proved in their first two games of the tournament, he could well add to that tally.

"Every game we want to win, I don't think as a professional you can go on a pitch without wanting to win", he said. I wanted it to go well for Roy and I wanted it to go well for Sam.

A countdown clock towards Qatar at the National Football Centre at St George's Park has since been quietly mothballed, but there are reasons for optimism and belief within the English set-up that something good could be about to happen, with Southgate speaking of the great potential within his pool of eligible players when he announced his World Cup squad last month.

"Indirectly, they've had a big bearing on what we're doing now, but in sport and in life you have to keep evolving".

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And, overall in the first half, we showed character and ambition. "We want to do at least as well as the 2002 generation". Kartik Krishnaiyer: England's performance against Tunisia in a 2-1 win was both impressive and labored.

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'll study that and relish the challenge of playing against him.

England face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with both teams having already secured a place in the round of 16, but Southgate admits that Germany's fate is a timely reminder of what can happen if anything is taken for granted.

Harry Kane could conceivably end the day as England's all-time top goalscorer at a single World Cup.

Martínez has taken the view that this is a time to rest elite players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, whereas Southgate has already made it clear he will make changes, with Eric Dier, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones and Trent Alexander-Arnold all likely to be involved for the first time in the tournament.

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"Italy and Holland were out of the World Cup before we got to this point". "We do not have to risk him but if he is ready we will put him in".

Martinez also said that his team would be looking to perform well against Gareth Southgate's squad in their group-stage finale, but that winning the match was not the goal on Thursday.

Poland, Tunisia and Panama know their tournaments are over, but still have positions to sort out in their groups and, in Poland's case, could still play a major part in who qualifies for the last-16. I go back to the fact we're trying to develop a winning mentality and I can't imagine a situation where I talk to the players about anything else.

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Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England