Jones looking forward to Premier League-style clash with Belgium

Romelu Lukaku's team-mate Eden Hazard

'How do you play a game not trying to win?

Quite so. Even tonight's match against Belgium is unlikely to be the test that Southgate would probably like.

Loew, who led his side to glory against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, refused to be drawn on his future in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday´s result.

That adds up to plenty of friendly rivalries and very few secrets as two teams with lots of shared history go head-to-head in the Group G decider on Thursday. The final round of matches in group H take place at 3pm.

"We're pleased that we're in the next round but first and foremost I think it's really important that we're building a team - that I think everyone at home can see - that are passionate to play for England, want to win every time they go out, are improving all the time and I think we'll see that again tomorrow". We want to perform well but the priority is not to win.

As one can see, the group toppers will move into the top half of the draw while the group runners-up move into the bottom half of the draw.

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round".

Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea on Wednesday afternoon, meaning the holders finished bottom of Group F. It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not progressed beyond the first section of the tournament. They play in the same teams as the English players.

"In sport and in life you have to keep evolving".

Deliberately losing any competitive match - let alone one in a major tournament - is an unpalatable thought for many fans, despite some commenters suggesting it as a viable option.

Will England top Group G ahead of Belgium at the World Cup?

What happens if England win or lose?

Despite their plan coming to an abrupt end, the Belgium squad appeared in a very relaxed mood with their last-16 place already secured with a group match to spare.

Belgium boss Martinez said the England game was an opportunity to "refresh" his starting line-up with his side also safely through.

Of course, that's all assuming England can navigate their way past the last 16 stage; by no means a guarantee with Colombia one of three sides awaiting them alongside Senegal and Japan. Tunisia and Panama are eliminated.

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