‘Strange match’ awaits England and Belgium

     England captain Harry Kane netted a hat-trick against Panama

If we harbour ambitions to win the World Cup, then we have to beat them at some stage of the competition.

Torres will be hoping to start in the final group game and his pace could cause the equally fragile Eagles of Carthage problems.

England's impressive start in Russian Federation means they are already within sight of their record for goals at a World Cup.

Whoever comes second would also play two of the three knockout rounds to the final in the comfort of Moscow - where Belgium have their camp - whereas the victor faces thousands of air miles taking in Rostov-on-Don, Kazan and St. Petersburg. "It's just such a pity that we've been knocked out", Gomez told reporters. "That's straightforward in my mind".

To the present day, not taking anything away from our opening wins, history proves the dangers of getting carried away.

"You are always looking to learn and improve whether that's from business, whether it's from sport when you're in a leadership position, in a management position", Southgate said Wednesday.

Brazil or Germany are shaping up as nightmare quarter-final possibilities for the team which takes top spot - assuming, of course, they also negotiate their first knockout game - but Pickford is ready for all-comers.

Belgium are reported to be considering resting some of their key men on Thursday night.

Southgate had been working as England Under-21s manager when Roy Hodgson departed after a terrible European Championship campaign, but he opted not to take up the senior role, which instead went to Sam Allardyce.

The BBC said the average audience was 12.8m; it was 16.6m for the Tunisia win.

"I felt strongly that if we made more use of the squad we would have felt the effect of that later in the tournament".

The Three Lions' exploits in Russian Federation have, though, lifted the mood of cautious optimism back home.

But Harry has an opportunity to do something that not many people have ever done, which is win the Golden Boot.

"Put yourself in his situation, I would want to do the same", Cahill said.

Southgate added: 'Even before today, we were saying there's been some great games but all the top teams have got through.

"We haven't thought like that".

"It's been a hard process, a lot of fears which hopefully have been proved unfounded about what people would experience here".

Southgate revealed they had looked at the performances of both Germany and Spain in their dead-ball approach.

In fact, there is not much time for them to prove to the world what they can really do.