Gareth Southgate: Colombia clash is England's biggest in a decade

Gareth Southgate: Colombia clash is England's biggest in a decade

Gareth Southgate: Colombia clash is England's biggest in a decade

"We are happy that tomorrow is probably one day too early, but I don't think he is going to take any longer than that", he said.

England's last-16 World Cup tie against Colombia is the national side's "biggest knockout game for a decade", says manager Gareth Southgate. "When the coach [Hernan Dario Gomez] said we were coming here to learn, that is exactly what he meant", explained Baloy.

"If we play the same way as we did in the first two matches, then we'll win the game against Colombia".

Depending on the outcome of other games, it may not be an advantage to finish top of the group, but both sides insist they won't take such calculations into account. Though delighted to have made a deserved piece of history, the veteran defender, who has announced that he will be retiring after the World Cup, was keen to give credit to the young Avila for his part in the goal: "He's the type of young player we need to keep developing".

"We want to win football matches and we also know the big game is the knockout tie to come, so it was hard to balance all of those". We talked about momentum but momentum shifts in games and I think we kept pressing right to the end'.

'We've not played against that system much since we've been in our system, so it's a good test for us but we have to move on'.

He did not mention that victory could see Belgium meeting five-times champions Brazil, who are starting to find some form.

Meanwhile, the second team will go to 2G, a side that only has one of the top nine teams in the world (No. 6 Switzerland) and three teams ranked 20th or lower, including No. 70 Russian Federation.

The 25-year-old striker has just completed his first season at Old Trafford after having signed for the Red Devils from Everton last summer in a big-money deal.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that he will not play his first choice XI for tomorrows World Cup Group G decider against England and even went as far as stating that winning the game is not a priority. "Some outstanding individual players but we feel we are a team that is improving". Dier as I said was very, very negative.

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