Gareth Southgate makes tournament strategy revelation ahead of England vs Colombia

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"Momentum Lost, Feelgood Factor Lost, Game Lost", said the Daily Mail, after England raised expectations by beating Tunisia and Panama in their opening two games to make the last 16.

Martinez went on to commend the preparation of the teams taking part in the tournament, singling it out as a reason for the high quality of football, which has already been marked out as making Russian Federation 2018 one of the most exciting World Cup of recent times. A collection of sides sufficiently intimidating that in the first half, Roberto Martinez seemed not to want to win, his team counter-attacking with all the speed of a 1967 Volga negotiating the foothills of the Urals.

With a hat-trick of wins in the group stage, the Belgian Red Devils pipped England to top spot in Group G. We are in this stadium, which has been built for four games, no cutting corners or looking for a second-level job.

May also gave Michel an England shirt before the match - which she quipped was "the equaliser" - although officials said it did not bear a name or number. "But you're playing against the best players in the world".

"There've been many different reasons for not getting over the line".

If they managed to advance to the semi-finals they would be facing a Tuesday, July 10 (7pm) fixture, the same evening that City are due to travel to League Two side Lincoln City for another friendly.

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"It's exciting", Southgate said of the clash.

"It's one of the reasons why we've done what we did (against Belgium), to give ourselves the best possible opportunity of doing that".

In Samara, Senegal v Colombia is a winner-takes-all affair but the Africans ($4.75) only need a draw ($3.75) against the South Americans ($2) to keep their run in Russian Federation going and become the continent's only representative in the last 16. At Elland Road on June 7, after they took their time breaking down Costa Rica, Southgate said he had encouraged his players to talk about their lives and the challenges they had faced.

'It's exciting. For me, it's going to be a brilliant game to be involved in.

Japan are top and need just a point ($3.3) against already eliminated Poland to make sure they are the only Asian side to have a shot at glory.

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