We're here to win, not plot final route, says England's Southgate

We're here to win, not plot final route, says England's Southgate

We're here to win, not plot final route, says England's Southgate

"Southgate believes Vardy's ability to hit teams on the counter-attack could be vital for England against better opposition, and the Belgium clash gives him the flawless opportunity to prove that".

The Tottenham striker scored a hat-trick against Panama to make it five goals from two games.

Whoever finishes runners up of Group G will encounter Brazil or Mexico in the quarter finals, while the victor will face Sweden or Switzerland.

England has won just six knockout games at major tournaments since winning the World Cup in 1966 and only two at World Cups since 1990.

Players who accrue another caution before the quarter-finals will serve a one-game suspension. Never set out to lose.

"We've got loads of friends who were umming and ahhing whether to come", he said. Never give up against stronger opponents but never relent against weaker ones. "Play to win, until the final whistle". The final round of matches in group H take place at 3pm.

"But we have a hunger to keep improving and we're playing with a lot of confidence".

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This is why social media is abuzz with English fans not too fussed about possibly losing to Belgium if it means they have a better chance of progressing to the semi-finals at least. If that is tied, then the victor will be decided by a coin toss. Currently, England has a score of -2 and Belgium -3.

It means the Three Lions will have a much-changed line-up for their finale against Belgium here in Kaliningrad - but Harry Kane did train with the group and wants to lead them in Thursday's game that will settle who finishes top and who goes into the last-16 as runners-up.

The Manchester United striker has been in superb form so far in Russian Federation, scoring a brace in each of the wins over Panama and Tunisia. "I am trying to develop a winning mentality".

"We are building a team that are passionate to play for England, they want to win every time they go out and are improving all the time, and I think we'll see that again". "As team mates we know each other better than other opposition".

Photo Gareth Southgate wants to keep experiencing that winning feeling.

But he may not have to face the midfield wizardry of De Bruyne, with Roberto Martinez expecting to field a weakened side. We want to perform well but the priority is not to win.

"With Romelu Lukaku we had very good news on the scan".

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