Why England Fans Want Their Team to Lose Against Belgium

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Eric Dier, who has only received a couple of seconds of World Cup action thus far, is set to start the match in the Kaliningrad Stadium.

The teams have been among World Cup 2018's top scoring sides after Game 2, but their attacking prowess will fade under the pressure that accompanies this decisive game.

"We've got loads of friends who were umming and ahhing whether to come", he said. They will only ask themselves: "Are we not good enough to play the big guns yet?" .

Harry Kane is the competition's top scorer with five goals to his name.

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. It does wonders for your confidence to keep on winning games and I'd be surprised if we didn't see that kind of approach from both of these sides'.

"We are delighted to be in the next round, [the Belgium] game is the one we are focused on and we want to win the group".

But in Belgium they face the world's third-ranked side, and a squad loaded with world-class talent such as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. The reality is we put ourselves in this situation we wanted to qualify and we have done that.There are players with yellow cards and I don't think it would be professional for us to put those players in a risk to miss the knockout phase.

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.

"I have really enjoyed the tournament so far, but I have to say that no team has been special so far", stated O'Neill.

That was despite the fact England have not won a knockout game since the World Cup in 2006.

This is why social media is abuzz with English fans not too fussed about possibly losing to Belgium if it means they have a better chance of progressing to the semi-finals at least.

Granted, England might not have to lose to finish second.

Photo Gareth Southgate wants to keep experiencing that winning feeling.

"If we can win great, but I think the priority is another one than just winning tomorrow".

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has made it clear he doesn't want to win and could make up to 10 changes.

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