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England Lose Against Belgium But All Is Not Over For The Three Lions

Rebecca Shepherd

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England Lose Against Belgium But All Is Not Over For The Three Lions

Featured Image Credit: PA

It was arguably England's toughest game up to yet in the Russian World Cup against Belgium, let's face it.

And for once England went into the last game of the groups with no pressure on them - both sides were already through so there was no need to go to war.

There have been suggestions that losing this game would have been more beneficial for the Three Lions in that they would dodge Brazil and have an easier pathway to the final. Which many will agree, oh you brainy bunch.

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The game started with a rather dull first half and England fans even started entertaining themselves by chanting 'Are you watching Germany' - ouch.

Then less than 10 minutes into the second half Adnan Januzaj scored a screamer which probably didn't sit well with Manchester United fans across the country.

It probably didn't sit well with Belgium's Michy Batshuayi either seen as we watched him celebrate his team's goal by kicking the ball causing it to ricochet right back into his face. Awkward.

Despite England pushing hard late on with a number of half chances they couldn't break down Belgium.

Adnan Januzaj. Credit: PA
Adnan Januzaj. Credit: PA

Now that England have finished second in their group, they will take on José Pékerman's Colombian side without 2014's Golden Boot winner, James Rodriguez, who limped off against Senegal earlier today.

Playing Colombia will be harder than playing Japan (who we would have played if we won tonight), but it does mean an easier draw after that - dodging Brazil.

And people are almost making out that England did this on purpose, one fan said: "England losing is possibly the smartest thing they could've done...avoid Brazil, Argentina, Uraguay, Portugal, France and Belgium".

And another added: "Was it really a loss against Belgium though? Most people are seeing it as a win due to who England could now face on the road to the final."

And if England did have a plan all along, people are hoping that it doesn't go down the drain in the next round, with one person sharing on Twitter: "The most #England thing that could ever happen: Deliberately lose to #Belgium to avoid Brazil in the quarters. Immediately lose to Colombia in the second round. Brazil get knocked out in the second round anyway. Belgium coast through and win tournament".

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

If, we mean when, England make it to the Quarter Finals they will play either Sweden or Switzerland and potentially Portugal or Croatia in the Semi Finals.

But for now - England vs. Colombia is set for Tuesday July 3 (7 pm BST KO) from Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Russia.

We've said it once we'll say it again - it's coming home, LADs.

Topics: SPORT, Belgium, England, World Cup, Community, Russia

Rebecca Shepherd
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