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MessagePosté le: Ven 29 Juin - 08:21 (2018)    Sujet du message: England fans, have no fear: Three Lions loss to Belgium will Répondre en citant

England fans, have no fear: Three Lions loss to Belgium will not affect World Cup momentum

 
sbo333 So England's second string are not as good as Belgium’s. Who knew? Most of us, actually.Before this World Cup started it was the widely accepted view that the Belgians not only had better, elite level individual players than Gareth Southgate had at his disposal, but that their squad had far more strength in depth, too.

So it proved in Kaliningrad as England were beaten 1-0 and were the second best team for most of the Baltic evening. It may feel like a lost opportunity to ride the crest of a wave into the knock-out stage but both managers cut their cloth for what was a dead rubber.  

In the end, Group G panned out precisely as most observers expected, with the two major nations both comfortably seeing off Tunisia and Panama sbo333 and Belgium finishing top. There will be a major debate about whether Southgate has lost some of the momentum which carried his players through the first two games in Russia. It will be a valid one.

But for starters, let’s remember they had some of this precious quality in the first place – and we won’t know until kick-off against Colombia in the last 16 in Moscow next Tuesday if it has upped and gone, anyway.It has rarely been sighted around this team for decades until now.

sbo333 And let’s remember also that tiredness and world-weariness have cost England so dearly at previous tournaments.By contrast, after making eight changes on Thursday, Southgate takes a rested and largely injury-free first team - John Stones is a corner after going off at half-time - to the next round, with Dele Alli recovering.
 


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