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It's a pretty rare thing that England can go into their final group game of a tournament with little pressure on them. Some people are arguing England should even try to lose but Cesc Fabregas doesn't think so.
Four years ago England were out by the last group game against Costa Rica, four years before that they had to beat Slovenia to make sure they went through, which Jermain Defoe just made sure happened.
For once England have gone into the last game of the groups, against Belgium, with no pressure on them. Both sides are already through so there's no need to win the game.
In fact because of the way the draw has fallen there's an argument that it's better for the Three Lions to finish second and get an easier path through to the final.
Of course Colombia going on to win their group earlier in the day means that the tactic to finish second has its own problems but Cesc Fabregas makes a very good point about looking past the second round:
The winner of Group G gets lumped in the half of Portugal Uruguay France Argentina Brazil before they reach the final. The runner up is in the half containing Switzerland, Sweden Denmark etc.- Dahibara Aloodam (@shai_bal) June 28, 2018
Could that be a reason why both teams dont care abt this match?
England went out to Iceland at the Euros two years ago, Germany lost to South Korea yesterday, Spain drew vs Morocco in the last minute... What's your point? This is the World Cup. https://t.co/wtXgnwUYer- Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) June 28, 2018
It's a really good point considering England's recent history. A loss to Iceland, draws with Russia, Costa Rica, Algeria and USA have plagued the Three Lions recent tournaments.
Whilst it would arguably be easier to go up against Switzerland or Sweden in the next round there is absolutely no guarantee that Southgate's side would get past Colombia.
The South American's made the quarter finals four years ago, thanks mainly to James Rodriguez, and despite a loss to Japan in their first game they still topped their group.
Japan would be an easier proposition, though still difficult, and a win would see a quarter against Mexico or Brazil.
There's a long way to go till the last eight though.
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