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.
The victor of group G will be decided on fair play ratings and England have collected two yellow cards to Belgium's three going into the tie.
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"We're going to face tougher challenges in the next few games and at the moment we can't consider ourselves a top team until we start to beat one of those teams", said Southgate.
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"We came here for more, so it wouldn´t be a good result for us not to reach the second round", Pekerman said. "We've learned an enormous amount from studying Germany as a team, last summer [at the Confederations Cup] not least, and implemented that".
There have been two games so far that have produced seven goals in each.
Belgium, managed by Roberto Martinez, and England are expected to rest players as they are both already through to the last 16. "And your job as a manager can't be just to keep people happy".
"Can you imagine the confidence England will have then!?"
A large group of supporters gathered in a pub in central Kaliningrad, the capital of the Russian exclave of the same name, and sang late into Wednesday evening.
"The mental drain on the body and the mind from these big games takes a lot out of your system so to have a little rest and then go again is all good".
Despite a huge scare for Lionel Messi´s Argentina, who needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to edge through to the knockout phase on Tuesday, all of the tournament´s remaining big guns are through to the last 16 in Russian Federation.
Japan need just a point to guarentee their place in the enxt round, as do Senegal.