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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. 'No concern for John Stones'

    England 0-1 Belgium

    More from England head coach Gareth Southgate: "I think Jordan Pickford made a couple of really important saves. In terms of John Stones, the plan was to share the minutes where we couldn't rotate everybody. There are no injury concerns for John.

    "I thought Senegal would be a tough game in an different way, so all of that group was up in the air. I believe Colombia is a game we can win and it's going to be a fantastic challenge for us. They've some outstanding individual players but I feel we're improving. We still have levels to reach and work to do, but that's nothing we didn't know.

    "If we'd won tonight, the reality might not have been in people's mind. We tried to take as much of a competitive advantage in the physical area, and whatever happens next week, that will be the right decision. People will say it's only the right decision if you win, but we could have extra-time."

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    Andy: In a game where second seemed best

    Southgate gave some players a rest

    The performance was dull

    Our players in a lull

    Let’s hope we recover our zest

  3. 'We don't like to lose'

    England 0-1 Belgium

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    Video caption: Cahill makes goal-line clearance to deny Belgium

    England head coach Gareth Southgate, asked to compare resting players tonight to Roy Hodgson making changes for the last group game of Euro 2016: "With respect, in the Euros, we were only ahead for a few minutes of any of the games and here we've played well in the games leading up to this. Tonight, we've played OK. I don't think anyone played poorly.

    "We didn't have the link between the lines quite as well but there would good individual moments and a lot we can learn from. We don't like to lose matches, but the primary objectives from the game we've got. I think the supporters in the stadium understand that. If we put Harry Kane on for 10 minutes, and he gets a whack on the ankle, that's ridiculous."

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    Peter: France deliberately threw away a game against the Dutch during the group stage of European Championships in 2000 and won the tournament.

    Alexander: Spain lost first game against Switzerland than won the World Cup in 2010... Italy and Germany (06 and 14) also drew easy games in their group.

  5. 'Everyone's understood what we were trying to do'

    England 0-1 Belgium

    Gareth Southgate on Brighton beach

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "I thought the game was a really good test for us. We knew the level was going to be higher than we've had even with teams making changes. Belgium had controlled possession in our back third and we found it tough to press, but in terms of chances, we were fairly even.

    "I think we've learned a lot from the game. It will be a good game to go and review. The objective was a mid-term one. We've got everybody time on the pitch and they're ready to come in, those that hadn't previously played and we've protected those who had. We were competitive to the final whistle. Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and make decisions that sometimes might be criticised. But I think everyone's understood what we were trying to do."

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    SMS Message: If England had played their top team they could still have lost, caused more player fatigue and damaged confidence even further. Stick with the players and management. from GS, Sussex
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  7. Nigel Worthington says hello

    Senegal 0-1 Colombia

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    Video caption: Head flicks & chill - Gueye's attempt marking the post
  8. Post update

    Could Januzaj return to the Premier League one day?

  9. Post update

    England 0-1 Belgium

    Belgium matchwinner Adnan Januzaj: “I think the most important thing is to play games and keep progressing. I’m going that way and I’m very pleased with that and hope to continue like this.”

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    Jack: Players are always rested when a team has already qualified. Also, I've never seen a Premier League club play their best players to win a game 5 days before a Champions League match because it breeds confidence.

    Henning: Good tactic of Gareth Southgate and England to lose in style. It’s not easy, but job done. Better to face the winner of Sweden-Switzerland in the quarter than Brazil.

  11. 'In England I had a lot of criticism'

    England 0-1 Belgium

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    Video caption: 'Top drawer' Januzaj strike puts Belgium top

    Belgium matchwinner Adnan Januzaj: “For my first goal there is no more great feeling than that. I hope there are more to come in the future. I’m very pleased to score a great goal against a good opponent. In England I had a lot of criticism, and I wanted to show people I am here, so I’m very happy with that.”

  12. 'The best World Cup'

    England 0-1 Belgium

    Roberto Martinez

    Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez: "I have been involved in the past two World Cups and knowing how it works, this is the best World Cup I have been involved in. The games have been so, so close. The small margins will open up a little more in the knockout faces, but it has been an impressive World Cup so far."

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    Paul: No surprise that Trent Alexander played well. Absolutely a class act.

    Neil: Alexander Arnold set pieces have been poor. Trippier vital to this team.

    Anon: Alexander Arnold is no dead ball taker, woefully poor crosses from corners and free kicks

  14. Post update

    England 0-1 Belgium

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    Video caption: Batshuayi has a celebration fail

    Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez: "We want everyone in Belgium to be very, very proud of this team. Every player is looking forward to being on the pitch and we looking forward to facing anyone in front of us."

  15. 'Making predictions is difficult'

    England 0-1 Belgium

    Roberto Martinez was asked about whether he would have preferred to finish second:"From a logistics point of view it was easier to stay in Moscow but the only thing we are concentrating on is playing Japan. You have seen that making predictions in a World Cup is difficult. We saw in the last three minutes that Spain topped their group, we saw how close Argentina came to going out. We are not looking at paths, we are seeing how well people contributed."

  16. Losing momentum?

    Steve Crossman

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    I am a Premier League player, I played on Friday in the league on TV, we won. Tuesday, the manager played the reserves in the cup, we lost. We have another PL game on the Sunday, does anyone say we’ve risked ‘losing momentum?’ - No, they don’t. Same gap in days, no different.

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    SMS Message: England World Cup Winners 2018 and people will still say “Ah, but they lost to Belgium”. from Alan
  18. Post update

    England 0-1 Belgium

    Roberto Martinez says that "the golden generation really want to take the team as far as they can."

    He says that Japan are a dynamic team who are very organised. "We expect a really competitive game."

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    SMS Message: Fans and pundits need to learn perspective. Too much hype and then gloom. Children! from Steve, Ipswich
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  20. 'Harry Kane's priority is the team'

    England 0-1 Belgium

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    Video caption: World Cup 2018: England 0-1 Belgium highlights

    Asked about Harry Kane's omission, Gareth Southgate added: "He was brilliant about it. His priority, like ours, is the team and he recognised what we were trying to do. If we played Harry Kane for 50 minutes tonight, and he takes a whack, we would have been foolish. He is a world class striker and we want him to be ready for Colombia.

    "None of us know if this side of the draw is advantageous or not. What we have to do is prepare for a thrilling knockout game. Our objective was to qualify from the group and we have done that."