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In the event of a draw, the two sides' fair-play record could decide who finishes top, with England boasting the advantage ahead of kick-off.

Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea on Wednesday afternoon, meaning the holders finished bottom of Group F. It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not progressed beyond the first section of the tournament. Sweden or Switzerland would await in the last eight with one of Spain, Russia, Croatia or Denmark standing between them and a place in the final.

"That is what attracts everybody to World Cup".

"World Cups are all about momentum", he said.

The majority of those who take the field in Thursday's crunch encounter play in the English Premier League and it is for this reason that RT's special guest analyst Jose Mourinho is curious to see who comes out on top when club-mates meet each other in the global arena.

"But they would have won two games".

"We think that we need to keep winning football matches", he said.

England fans are expected to turn out in greater numbers for the match, nicknamed the Brexit derby, after one leading fan group estimated the turnout for the first game against Tunisia was the lowest travelling support for 30 years.

England face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with both teams having already secured a place in the round of 16, but Southgate admits that Germany's fate is a timely reminder of what can happen if anything is taken for granted.

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Against Panama, Kane went on to score a hat-trick as England scored six.

But Southgate did concede he would probably make some changes for a clash that neither side needs to win.

Gareth Southgate is set to make wholesale changes to his England line-up to face Belgium on Thursday. "At that point it was one or the other", the ex-Wigan Athletic and Everton manager added.

"Tomorrow we want to perform well but I think the priority is not to win", he said. That is the reality, we have put ourselves in this situation, we wanted to qualify and we have done that.

England haven't won a knockout game at a major tournament for 12 years and we are discussing playing to lose to avoid a more hard quarter-final.

And Vardy is to get the nod tonight despite Kane battling for the Golden Boot.

That means that the loser between the two sides are rewarded with a more favourable path to the final. We're building a team that everyone back home can see are passionate to play for England, want to win every time they go out, and are improving every time.

But Southgate refused to entertain such a thought.

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