Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: ‘Strange match’ awaits England and Belgium

Oscar Cross
June 28, 2018

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round, but we are pleased we are in it".

If this World Cup has shown us anything, has it given us a glimpse of the new golden generation of England?

If England finish second in the group, they will face either the runners-up of Group E or the winners of Group F.

"We have been competitive against four big countries [Italy, Brazil, Germany and France] in the last few months, but we haven't beaten them and we haven't got to a quarterfinal in the last tournament or a semifinal the tournament before that", he said.

England have won their opening two games - scoring eight goals in the process - and are now the fourth favourites to go on and triumph at Russian Federation 2018.

"Not many players score a hat trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud of that", he said. You don't know what will happen and now, not all the top teams have got through. In the event of a draw, whoever is better off in terms of FIFA's fair play table would win the group.

Prior to yesterday's fixtures there had been no goalless draws until France and Denmark produced the first scoreless game of the tournament.

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England? David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney - what a collection of talent - could never get beyond the quarterfinals of a World Cup or European Championship before that great squad of global under-achievers disappeared over the horizon.

Japan to upset the odds? Having upset 10-man Colombia and held Senegal, a point would be enough to guarantee to the last 16, where they would meet one of Belgium or England.

However, the World Cup back then had only 16 nations participating with only 26 games overall, but still a total of 140 goals were scored.

If England beat Belgium, it will be only the second time in history they have finished their four-team group stage with a flawless record, matching their performance in 1982, when they beat France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait in Spain.

This half of the draw could see England line up against four of the top seven sides in the world according to the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings - and the Three Lions have lost to Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, France and Argentina (England also beat Argentina in 2002) at major tournaments in the last 20 years.

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