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"I don't think that in the World Cup you can be successful by trying to hope to get an easy path".

"He said "look, I know everyone says I want the Golden Boot - of course it's something I want to do - but the main thing is getting the team through the first knockout". But what that means for the next round, we don't really know".

"I think both sides are keen to continue that work at a faster pace than we have done up till now and certainly we would welcome that", she said today. At the start of the summit, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel gave British counterpart Theresa May a Red Devils shirt before Wednesday night's match between Belgium and England.

"We want to be in those games".

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Before flying to Russian Federation, many would have judged a run to the quarter-finals a success for England after they failed to get beyond the group stage four years ago and following their humiliating defeat to Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Adnan Januzaj's stunning goal secured a much-changed Belgium side a 1-0 win over England's second string at the World Cup.

"In the last 30 years, how many times have England beaten Sweden?". A Danish scarf on his shoulders, minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen insisted he too was sure of victory, saying: "If you can't join them, beat them".

"Many different reasons", Southgate said of England's knockout struggles.

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"The players who've played tonight have given absolutely everything and never stopped". Some disciplinary, some have been penalty shootouts.

After a surreal night on the Baltic where England struggled to contain their satisfaction with a defeat that offers them an easier path to the final, Belgium are trusting that World Cup fortune will favour the fearless. "That's hugely important for the feeling in our camp over the next few weeks", said Southgate.

Germany, who lifted the World Cup in 2014, finished rock bottom of Group F after only winning one of their games and losing the other two.

Qualifying for the knockout stages in second place has sent the Three Lions into a preferable half of the draw for Canaries fans - if they can get past Colombia in the last 16. I went to two of their games in Brazil [four years ago] - they were incredible occasions.

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