Gareth Southgate: I was lucky to get second chance to manage England

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England manager Gareth Southgate pointed to Germany's shock World Cup elimination as a warning that every nation is vulnerable at Russian Federation 2018. It just shows anyone is vulnerable on any given day.

More than that, Germany's final position as the wooden-spoon team in Group F - their worst performance at a major tournament since Franz Beckenbauer accused them of "tired, junk football" at Euro 2000 - validates Southgate's views about the practicalities of trying to plot a route through the tournament and why, specifically, his policy all the way along has been that "you can't take anything for granted".

NBCSN, the exclusive USA cable TV home of the Premier League, will simulcast in Spanish the FIFA World Cup match between England and Belgium this Thursday, June 28, with live coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET from Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad.

Gareth Southgate eventually opted to play the Manchester City man, leaving Rashford on the bench, but the Englishman could be in line to feature against Belgium should the England boss choose to make a few changes to his starting XI.

"We have to keep building that belief and building those experiences".

"It's important we finish top", he said.

Both teams have beaten Tunisia and Panama to reach six points and secure passage to the last 16, so the anticipated battle between the two strongest sides in the group has lost its edge.

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Martinez did reveal that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would play against England.

"Nobody has got a place guaranteed in this team at the moment".

He said: 'The next 48 hours will tell us if Romelu Lukaku will be involved against England or not.

"I wanted it to go well for Roy, and I wanted it to go well for Sam". "We do not have to risk him but if he is ready we will put him in".

"I could see that the players were hungry enough and humble enough to be ready to take on board some of the ideas we were going to try to implement, so I thought it was worth having a go with them and that's probably the biggest thing I am pleased with".

"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.

As it stands, if England win the group and overcome their second round opponents, they'd face Brazil or Mexico in the quarter-finals.

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