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"I believe it is a game we can win but it is going to be a fantastic challenge for us", he said.

Yet Southgate's refusal to throw World Cup leading scorer Kane into the fray when his side were trailing in the final stages suggested he was content secure second place in Group G and what appears to be a more comfortable path to the latter stages of the competition. We'll be at the biggest events bringing you exclusive features and the best interviews.

The loss to Roberto Martinez's side meant England finished second in Group G, setting up a hard looking knockout tie against the South Americans in Moscow on Tuesday.

"In a non-game that was hard to watch at times, England came out looking cynical and Belgium in the end decided not to sully their image", concluded Brussels newspaper Le Soir after Thursday's match in which England coach Gareth Southgate did little to try to rescue a draw in the final half hour.

"But we didn't enter the game in that manner".

'We are not happy to be beaten but we had double objectives tonight'.

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"We want to win football matches and we also know the big game is the knockout tie to come, so it was hard to balance all of those".

After the game, the German players had no option but to pack their bags and exit Russian Federation. "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years".

At the start of the summit, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel gave British counterpart Theresa May a Red Devils shirt before Wednesday night's match between Belgium and England.

"But of course if Belgium wins England will probably get an easier ride in the next round so perhaps it is one of those win-win scenarios". Everyone's seen the level that we've been playing at and we've got to keep improving'. "They had better controlled possession and the best chances in the first half". And I think Joachim Loew should take a lion's share of the blame for it.

Facing questions over whether he might have preferred to finish second - a draw or defeat would have had that effect - Martinez said: "Honestly, I am delighted".