Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Gareth Southgate defends England team line-up for Belgium defeat

Gareth Southgate defends England team line-up for Belgium defeat

There has been a penalty shootout at every World Cup since 1982 in Spain, and while it is still a matter of contention whether this is the best way to decide a victor, the post-match shootout is now common at all levels of the game.

Lukaku made a fine start to the showpiece tournament in Russian Federation, scoring braces in wins over Panama and Tunisia before being rested for his team's final Group G game against England. So loads of different reasons, but the main one being the level of the opposition we are playing against the very best. Some disciplinary, some have been penalty shootouts.

"We are still a work in progress but that's not a bad thing at this stage".

Josh McVeigh was also remaining positive despite the defeat.

This half of the bracket features big names in two high-powered matches right out of the gate: A loaded France squad plays Lionel Messi and Argentina in Saturday's early game, followed by Uruguay and Luis Suarez against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the winners meeting July 6.

And now he's received strong backing from Alexis, who has praised his form in front of goal and revealed how close the two players actually are off the field.

"In defence of the staff there at the time, penalty shoot-outs weren't as regular then".

"The players who've played tonight have given absolutely everything and never stopped".


"We have studied it. Some we shouldn't be interfering, others we are giving them a process which we believe will help them".

England's thoroughness in preparation means teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold, the youngest player in the squad, would not be afraid to take one.

Southgate is confident England can beat Colombia on Tuesday, while Roberto Martinez says he is happy to have set up a tie against Japan by winning the group - despite admitting it is logistically a tougher ask.

But don't take that from us, take it from Paul Merson, who fully expects Gareth Southgate's men to make it to the last four of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Marouane Fellaini has played for Manchester United since 2013.

Barcelona defender Yerima Mina got the only goal of the match and his second of the tournament from a corner kick to send the Africans packing. It looked like Colombia had 30,000 or 40,000 fans in the stadium for their last game. "We're all fighting, we're all raring to go and we're all looking forward to the next game", commented the midfielder.

By introducing Danny Welbeck rather than Kane from the bench for the final 15 minutes in Kaliningrad, he ensured all of his outfield players have now been involved across the three group games.

"So, I think for us it was a really good experience".

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