England chases its first tournament knockout match on Tuesday since 2006, facing Columbia, when the World Cup draw opened up winningly for the team captained by Harry Kane.
The former champions in the young England team managed by Gareth Southgate are just left in the bottom half of the draw after the staggering exit of Spain. England would have won the other final 16 tie between Switzerland and Sweden, which was a potential semi final with Croatia or Russia on Tuesday, if they get past the tough South American side managed by Jose Pekerma in Moscow.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Lionel Messi’s Argentina are out from the match, while France and Brazil are lurking in the upper half of the draw. On late Monday, Belgium with third ranking eluded to join the team on the tournament scrapheap and mounted a major World Cup come back in order to defeat Japan by 3-2 in last injury seconds.
Roberto Martinez, Belgium coach and manager of the Belgium national team said in a statement that, “No negatives today, it was about getting through. It is a day to be very proud of these players. Keep believing in Belgium.”
England national team manager, Gareth Southgate stated that, “I think we’ve been in this position before many times over the last however many years. It’s pointless about us even thinking about what might happen after tomorrow’s game. We’re focusing on tomorrow’s performance and then maybe things will fall into place.”