Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

"I think the supporters understand what the most important thing is".

Qualifying for the knockout stages in second place has sent the Three Lions into a preferable half of the draw for Canaries fans - if they can get past Colombia in the last 16.

"We had a choice with our friendly matches to play teams who would be a bit easier, but we deliberately chose to play against top teams because we knew it would be better challenge".

But Southgate said: "We want to win football matches, so we're not happy to come away from here having been beaten".

"The players who've played tonight have given absolutely everything and never stopped". Our objective was to qualify from the group and we have done that.

The debate in the run-up to the Belgium clash has centred around whether winning to secure top spot in the group would be beneficial, with avoiding a potential quarter-final against defending champions Germany the focus of media attention.

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"The Belgium match was a unusual game and I say that because we were already qualified and facing a situation where all the teams in the knockout stage have similar ability", he told the Evening Standard.

After the game, the German players had no option but to pack their bags and exit Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, RTE pundit Liam Brady said England's loss to Belgium demonstrated their lack of squad depth, particularly in midfield.

Manchester United will be aiming to challenge for the Premier League title next season as they look to try and win the trophy for the first time since 2013. "I thought they had the better controlled possession, and the better chances in the first half", said Soutgate. Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy kept running.

And former Chelsea FC star Drogba has admitted that he is "scared" about how good Lukaku can become if he keeps on developing his game for both club and country. "Some outstanding individual players but we feel we are a team that is improving".

And Dixon added: 'I'm not a goalkeeping coach or anything but I think when the ball is struck he's got to go with his other hand and I texted a friend of mine who is a goalkeeping coach and he said he should have gone with his right hand.

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