Januzaj helps Belgium top England to win Group H at World Cup

Marcus Rashford

GETTYMarcus Rashford has yet to start for England at the World Cup

Belgium finished top of Group G at the 2018 Word Cup as Adnan Januzaj's superb strike secured a 1-0 win over England on Thursday evening.

So it would be beneficial for both teams to avoid winning the group to end up in the easier side of the draw.

You can only assume that many other footballers and fans alike are feeling the same way after seeing the line-ups, with Belgium making nine changes from their 5-2 win over Tunisia, and the Three Lions have made eight alterations following a 6-1 demolition against Panama.

"I am amused when people are plotting the route right through to where we would rather stay in for the semifinal".

Romelu Lukaku is definitely ruled out and both Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne are expected to be rested as well.

One day later, England's Kane scored a hat trick, adding to his two goals in England's opener, and leads the World Cup with five goals.

The Red Devils will be favourites to see off Japan in the next round, but after that they will face the victor of the clash between Brazil and Mexico. A draw will take them into tiebreakers, where it could even go to fair play points (yellow cards, red cards) to decide who wins.

England's Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot. So I didn't think when Roy left there would be any enthusiasm for an internal appointment. "The reality is we put ourselves in this situation we wanted to qualify, and we have done that". But Colombia are a unsafe side, and a defeat in the last 16 may see Southgate rue his decision to not play his strongest team against Belgium.

In the very last of the group stage games, the scenario was uncanny.

With their all-time rivals Germany already crashed out of the World Cup, a victory will ensure that England tops their group for the first time since 2006.

'We want to win football matches, we are not happy to come away beaten but what that means for the next round we don't really know.

England now sits ahead of Belgium in the standings, but that could change even if the teams draw, as England is in first due to the "fair play" tiebreaker, which scores teams based on yellow and red cards when goal differential and goals scored aren't enough to determine a victor.

Friday is a rest day in Russian Federation.

Then again, Mexico could topple Brazil in the Round of 16.

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