England and Belgium meet on Thursday to determine the victor of Group G, but neither are likely to be too disappointed with a runner-up spot.
England fans are expected to turn out in greater numbers for the match, nicknamed the Brexit derby, after one leading fan group estimated the turnout for the first game against Tunisia was the lowest travelling support for 30 years.
The final matchday of Group G likely won't match the drama of Germany's shocking exit and Sweden's dominant triumph over Mexico, as both Belgium and England have already qualified for the Round of 16 by winning their first two games of group play.
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England's Phil Jones believes playing Belgium will have a familiar feel to it due to most of their squad playing in the Premier League.
You would have to beat Belgium, and then win in the last 16. I don't think it would be professional of us to put those players at a risk of missing the knockout phase.
With six of the groups already decided, on paper, it seems one half of the draw is much harder than the other.
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England have looked impressive so far, but the truest test will come against Belgium, and Vertonghen is ready to face the man he knows so well at Spurs, and the man who is the current top goalscorer in Russian Federation with five goals. That's what attracts everyone to World Cups and European Championships.
World champions Germany finished bottom of Group E following their 2-0 defeat against South Korea on Wednesday, ruling out the prospect of a potential quarterfinal clash with England in Kazan, while Argentina required an 86th minute victor against Nigeria on Tuesday to avoid being knocked out. Should he stick with the same side that secured wins against Tunisia and Panama and keep England's momentum going?
"We want to keep winning football matches and we want to breed a mentality where everybody in our squad wants to constantly win. It is very important to protect and give every player the best possible programme to be in the best condition in the knockout game". "Why we would be starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really". "I don't think he will be training today, and we will make a final assessment tonight". We want to perform well but the priority is not to win. The game also has the added wrinkle of the second-placed finisher arguably having an easier route to the final, on paper at least.
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Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy's France are also in action today, facing Denmark in their Group C finale (3pm United Kingdom time). One win could get them on track, and despite their awful performance to this point, they are still favorites in this match.
The scenario remains as many had predicted, but when the two sides meet at Kaliningrad Stadium tomorrow morning, the world will be watching for a different reason.