Gareth Southgate 'surprised' by Germany's early World Cup exit

Gareth Southgate 'surprised' by Germany's early World Cup exit

"I know he won't want to be left out - particularly as he is in with a chance of winning the Golden Boot - but the bigger picture is going further in the tournament, something we can achieve with a fit Harry in the side".

Brazil or Germany are shaping up as nightmare quarter-final possibilities for the team which takes top spot - assuming, of course, they also negotiate their first knockout game - but Pickford is ready for all-comers.

Here, Press Association Sport details what to look out for in the final matches of Groups E and F.

But Mr York said: "There's a lot of lads saying happy coming second in the group to get an easier route but as we've just seen against Germany there's no easy route".

Both Colombia and Senegal are trying to advance out of Group H in the match in Samara.

Southgate thinks the stunning exit of the defending champions proves that teams need to continue evolving.

They are counting the cost of their efforts during the campaign too, with Dylan Bronn (ankle), Syam Ben Youssef (knee) and Mouez Hassen (shoulder) suffering World Cup-ending injuries. A short video of the routine has drawn more than a million views on Twitter.

More news: Did fringe players impress in England vs Belgium?

Tunisia may be out of contention at the World Cup but the African nation still have unfinished business as they try to snap a 40-year drought against Panama. It's only World Cup victory was in 1978 against Mexico.

"It is a team game, there are 23 players and all 23 who are in the squad are fighting for their places", he said.

There was a odd feeling around the game as both teams were already assured of progress to the last 16, with talk about the best path to the final compounded by a combined 17 changes.

A late strike for Panama cost England on goal difference, Southgate noted, leaving their only advantage over Belgium in having picked up just two yellow cards to the Belgians' three.

"From two years ago to now, I'm a different person, a different player".

"When you give him the ball and someone's behind him, the way he turns people and changes it from keeping possession into going for goal.there aren't many of those types of players".

"Whatever happens next week, that was the right decision as far as I'm concerned", he said. Belgium arguably have some of the best individual players in the tournament, however, as a team there have been question marks about their ability to gel.

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