Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

How England's World Cup progress has helped Norwich City fans

How England's World Cup progress has helped Norwich City fans

There are no games on Friday but we are back with the business end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

Indeed, while Belgium could face Brazil or Mexico in the quarter-finals, the Three Lions will play either Sweden or Switzerland, provided they can beat Colombia.

"In a non-game that was hard to watch at times, England came out looking cynical and Belgium in the end decided not to sully their image", concluded Brussels newspaper Le Soir after Thursday's match in which England coach Gareth Southgate did little to try to rescue a draw in the final half hour.

Rashford said: "It's not the first time it's happened against him".

England hold no fear for World Cup last 16 opponents Colombia, said the South American side's coach Jose Pekerman, who is relishing the prospect of the "full on, to-the-death" knockout phase of the tournament.

"I would expect England to beat Colombia".

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.

Now, if they find a way past Colombia, they will fancy their chances of reaching the semi-finals.

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While leaders often say politics should be kept out of sport, the World Cup and other tournaments provide opportunities for them to bring sport into politics, by scoring points over rivals or buffing up their popular credentials.

"Whoever we play we believe we're capable of beating", Southgate said.

The striker headed to the World Cup on the back of his debut season with Manchester United.

Victor plays second of the earlier group so there could be mind games in this last meaningful match of the groups.

"Southgate hoped that by involving his reserve team last night he would reinforce the harmony of his squad, close any gaps between first XI and the rest".

But star-studded Colombia are sure to prove a far tougher test than Belgium's back-ups in Moscow.

Both teams started the match with their second string side and played predictably in the first half as the duo know they have progressed into the next stage.

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