Gareth Southgate: ‘Let Germany defeat be a warning for England’

Gareth Southgate: ‘Let Germany defeat be a warning for England’

Gareth Southgate: ‘Let Germany defeat be a warning for England’

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.

Vermaelen said: "I'm not that surprised what they are doing at this World Cup".

The leading goal scorers at the tournament so far are Harry Kane with five goals for England. "But I am sure we can get that right".

"The reality now is that we are qualified and in a tournament like the World Cup you're only as good as the 23 players in your squad". The Belgium coach is taking this game very seriously, but he intends to make the most of his team's early qualification by giving a few starters a breather and allowing his fringe players more time on the pitch.

Ever since England beat Panama to seal qualification for the knockout stages he has faced questions about whether it would be better to finish as Group G runners-up, the logic being that it would mean avoiding Germany or Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Gareth Southgate is expected to ring the changes for the Group G decider as both sides have already booked their spot in the next round.

"He has always played in every single game but since the start of the competition, we have not seen him".

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"It shows that with Italy and the Netherlands out before the tournament, Chile, who were in the Confederations Cup final, and now Germany, you can not relax and miss the opportunity to constantly improve".

Thursday's Group G clash with England is another chance to reignite his personal goalscoring duel with Harry Kane, as the England captain has hit 5 goals already at the mundial following his hat-trick against Panama. We really hope it is.

However, Marcus Rashford could come in for Raheem Sterling up front while Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Fabian Delph are all tipped to feature.

It nearly seems to have been forgotten that before England should start thinking about the quarter-finals they will have a tie in either Moscow or Rostov against one of the teams from Group H. They will have a clearer idea by the time they kick off against Belgium but, as Southgate spoke, it could be one of Japan, Senegal or Colombia.

'He wants to contribute to a winning team and he knows it is not as satisfying if you are a player scoring goals and the team does not win'.

"I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

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