Germany exit has no bearing on England preparations - Southgate

Germany exit has no bearing on England preparations - Southgate

England's dominant display against Panama on Sunday afternoon has generated a growing feeling of confidence and self-belief throughout the country.

After a spell in broadcasting, Southgate was hired to coach England's under-21 team in 2013 and was well-placed to be promoted to the senior job three years later when Sam Allardyce was sacked after one game in charge for unguarded comments to undercover reporters.

After scoring his country's first goal at its first World Cup, Baloy now would like to experience Panama's first victory on worldwide soccer's greatest stage.

He tweeted on June 15, 2012: "If I was in dressing room I would be saying let's just win our game + not worry about rest".

Southgate, though, is determined to keep everyone's attention firmly on the next fixture rather than take too much interest in the World Cup wall chart.

Brazil or Germany could await in the quarter-finals, should the eventual group winners make it that far.

De Bruyne, who is regarded as the new leader of Belgium, scored eight goals and provided 15 assists for a record-breaking Manchester City team this season and a brilliant World Cup would make him a strong competitor for the Ballon d'Or.

The last time Germany exited the competition in the group stages was before the end of World War II. "It's one of the most wonderful things that can happen in your career".

"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.

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"They were a bigger factor in them winning than maybe people realised".

According to sports data company Gracenote, Southgate's men have a 24% chance of reaching the last four should they emerge as group winners, but a 35% chance should they finish second. My aim is to go as far as possible with this team.

When his team's disciplinary caution or otherwise in that scenario was brought up, Southgate took the opportunity to joke about uncharacteristically lashing out at his opposite number on the sidelines.

Phil Jones expects England's final group game against Belgium to bear all the hallmarks of a Premier League encounter.

"Two teams can celebrate being qualified for the knockout phase".

Part of England's success at the World Cup has come from set-pieces. His hat-trick in the 6-1 demolition of Panama saw Kane become only the third England player to achieve the feat in a World Cup, following Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker.

If anyone had any doubts about whether he is one of the best strikers in the world prior to the tournament then they will certainly not have any now.

"But, for me, he could definitely score more goals with his technical ability".