Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Dele Alli rejects suggestions of easy World Cup route for England

Dele Alli rejects suggestions of easy World Cup route for England

Many England fans were celebrating despite their team's 1-0 loss to Belgium in their last group match that saw them finish second and set up a knockout game against the Colombians, as the path beyond the last 16 looks somewhat easier. For some, Gareth Southgate's decision to make 8 changes in that game was a mistake as it means that his team have lost the momentum of winning their first two matches against Tunisia and Panama.

But now in charge, Southgate doesn't want a repeat when England face Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday to do battle for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

"He is a big threat for them, and for us, and a great player". But I think we have some top players and some players who are on their way to being top players.

"I am here in Brussels in Belgium so of course I am going to be cheering for the home team", he said.

"That's very unsafe (to think like that)", Alli said.

But a look at Colombia's matches at this World Cup and the 2014 edition in Brazil reveals they have been more effective in total than their bigger South American opponents while also playing fewer games.

"If Belgium wins, England will probably get an easier ride in the next round so perhaps it is one of those win-win scenarios", Varadkar said with diplomatic poise.

By winning the match and thus the group, Belgium moves to the "side of death" for the knockout round, where four of the top five teams in the world according to Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings - Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, and Argentina - will all compete for one spot in the final.

"I hope he is the top goalscorer of the World Cup". We want to get through Colombia. We are in this stadium, which has been built for four games, no cutting corners or looking for a second-level job. But when you're a leader and a manager, you have to make decisions which are right for your group to achieve the primary objective.

By introducing Danny Welbeck rather than Kane from the bench for the final 15 minutes in Kaliningrad, he ensured all of his outfield players have now been involved across the three group games. In worldwide football, that's just nearly a desperate call to see a loose team with no understanding of what we're trying to do. We get on very well, we go everywhere together.

However, from here if we don't reach the semi-finals you have to class it as disappointing.

But don't take that from us, take it from Paul Merson, who fully expects Gareth Southgate's men to make it to the last four of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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