Belgium bests England to take top spot in Group G

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Dier has played six minutes for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation, but coach Gareth Southgate confirmed the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder will start against Belgium, with both teams having booked their places in the last 16.

"From logistics, it was easier to stay in Moscow because the next game would have been in Moscow with an extra day of recovery, but the only thing we are concentrating on is playing Japan", he said.

England and Belgium still have plenty left in the tank for the knock-out stages but how much will the group games have taken out of their rivals?

"We could have played [the key players] again tonight but, this afternoon, you already saw Colombia lose a key player, Japan lose a key player, Senegal had they gone through would have lost a key player. You can not plan the ideal scenario, you've seen big nations already eliminated", said the Spaniard. Both teams have won their two matches with a total of eight goals scored and two conceded.

The Group G winners will be on the side of the draw that includes big names Argentina, France, Portugal and Brazil, while the only pre-tournament favourite on the runner-up's side is Spain.

Tunisia bowed out of the World Cup with a 2-1 win against Panama in the final Group G game, coming from behind to claim victory.

Yet what did we really learn?

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Colombia qualified for the knockout stage as group winners thanks to a 1-0 win over a Senegal side who crashed out in dramatic fashion. Croatia and Uruguay are the others.

Adnan Januzaj celebrates after scoring the only goal of Belgium's 1-0 win over England on Thursday.

Rashford dipped a free kick over the crossbar and Fellaini's block flew past the upright as England chased an equaliser, but it was Belgium who came closest to a second as Pickford parried a long-range drive from substitute Dries Mertens late on. Only Tunisia-England was close, decided by Harry Kane's 2-1 injury-time victor.

Martinez has suggested he could make wholesale changes to his side but at the very least is expected to rest defender Jan Vertonghen, winger Thomas Meunier and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who have all picked up a yellow card.

What could have been a tantalizing match between two strong European teams turned out to be a bit of a letdown, though there is no proof either side was trying to lose.

On the other end, Kane's replacement up front for England, Jamie Vardy, tried his luck with a header. Belgium, reputedly keen to finish second to avoid that potential clash with Brazil, stepped up a gear in the second half though, breaking the deadlock through Januzaj.

Januzaj has often been accused of coasting through his career and potentially wasting the huge talent he was born with, but on a night when most of his teammates and opponents were taking it easy, the former Manchester United winger showed he can still make his mark at the top level. Picking up possession on the edge of the penalty area, he shifted the ball around Danny Rose and curled it into the corner of the net.

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