Theresa May handed Belgian shirt ahead of World Cup clash with England

Hope Soto
June 30, 2018

"I think it will be an interesting game, a 50-50 game, and both teams are qualified so it will be a odd game", said Fellaini, who plays in England for Manchester United, having made his name for another Premier League club Everton.

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.

A 2-0 humbling by a Heung Min Son inspired side left was the final nail on the coffin for Joachim Loew's men, the first time in the team's history that they've exited the competition so early.

England manager Gareth Southgate hailed his side's meeting with Colombia in the World Cup last 16 as their biggest match "for a decade" after losing to Belgium last night.

"Really impressive. I've been involved in the last two World Cups every day and knowing the logistics and knowing how the organization works, I must admit this World Cup is far the best that I have been involved in", Martinez said.

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Southgate granted Delph permission to leave the squad ahead of the tournament, though he is expected to return to Russian Federation on Sunday and be available for England's round-of-16 match against Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday.

Southgate's eight changes against Belgium largely failed to impress against an equally second-string opponent, failing to score for the first time at the tournament after scoring eight goals in their opening two games. Marcus Rashford is expected to take Raheem Sterling's place and Dele Alli is available again after training for the past two days.

It remains to be seen who England will play in the knockout stages, where the result against Belgium will determine who they play from either Japan or Colombia. "We are in the fortunate position", Southgate said. "We were coming up against world-class teams with great players".

"The disappointment of us being eliminated is just huge", Loew conceded. Sweden topped the group, and Italy went home.

"I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

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