It nearly seems to have been forgotten that before England should start thinking about the quarter-finals they will have a tie in either Moscow or Rostov against one of the teams from Group H. They will have a clearer idea by the time they kick off against Belgium but, as Southgate spoke, it could be one of Japan, Senegal or Colombia.
The top half of the draw is crowded with nearly all the remaining traditional football powers, as twice-world champions Argentina, finalists in 2014, face 1998 champions France.
Two late goals from Korea gave the Asians a famous victory as the Germans crashed out of the group stage for the first time in their history. "Five goals in three matches is not the way forward", said coach Fernando Hierro of their defensive record, as it remains to be seen if Spain were right to sack Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament. The 2018 World Cup surely has plenty more exciting and dramatic moments to share with us in the days to come, but here are the most memorable incidents from the group stage.
Kane has the more hard task of facing Colombia, so Lukaku is likely to have caught his Golden Boot rival by the time the quarter-finals come around, should they both progress.
They did just that by overcoming Senegal 1-0, and the coupling of that result with Poland's 1-0 triumph over Japan meant Aliou Cisse's side were eliminated on fair play rules.More news: Harley-Davidson To Move More Production Oversees Amid US-EU Trade Tensions
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For Italy, the early exit at the 2010 World Cup was a harbinger of further disappointment, which culminated in them failing to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
"Today, the coach and team have to be put under serious scrutiny".
"Yesterday we said there was only one per cent chance, so I told my players it was a last-ditch effort for them".
"This team created high expectations because of what we did in qualifying and in friendlies".
"We have no idea who, when or where we will play", he said.
He added, however, that the World Cup does produce moments that go down in football folklore - often from unlikely sources. The fact is that we weren't in the form that we showed in previous years. We just weren't good enough. "But I think we all saw some hope from the win over Germany".