Germany World Cup exit has no bearing on England, says Gareth Southgate

South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng receives medical treatment during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match between South Korea and Mexico at Rostov Arena in Rostov-on Don

They were on the verge of being knocked out by Sweden as they trailed by a goal but Kroos' injury-time victor revived Germany's hopes of becoming the first nation to defend the World Cup since 1962.

Germany, the winners of the last World Cup in 2014, opened up their campaign in Russian Federation with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexico. Low has subsequently admitted he felt there was a sense of superiority leading up to the 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their opening World Cup game.

Fans of countries that have a chance to win the World Cup are rejoicing after the exit of Germany.

"Your situation", he told reporters, "like gamblers, is not our situation". Against South Korea Low made five changes to the squad, he should have kept the same team that clinched the victory against Sweden.

He also revealed that Bayern Munich's Sebastian Rudy will not play in the decisive match against South Korea on Wednesday after breaking his nose in previous match.

Clearly that wasn't the case and even after the defeat to Mexico the Germans laboured to break down Sweden and although Toni Kroos' 95th-minute free kick gave them a nerve-wracking win, flaws were still evident in Germany's football.

Although Germany rebounded spectacularly with a superb win over Sweden after the Mexico defeat, Low's tinkering in selection for the South Korea match betrayed his lack of confidence in the whole team. Instead of Germany advancing out of Group F, it's Sweden and Mexico that advance.

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There was to be no happy ending against South Korea as the same flaws showed up time and again.

One team the likes of Argentina, Brazil and Portugal wouldn't like to meet in the knockout round is Germany.

Like many, he directed his frustration at team coach Joachim Loew, who he said pursued too much of a defensive strategy.

Germany have won all 5 of their World Cup games against Asain opponents, scoring 19 goals in the process and keeping clean sheets in the last 3. 62, own goal 74.

Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 to top Group E and cruise through to a last-16 meeting with Mexico.

Switzerland 2, Costa Rica 2 - At Nizhny Novgorod, Russia: Switzerland qualified for the round of 16 despite twice losing the lead in a draw with Costa Rica, which had already been eliminated.

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