Gareth Southgate: I was lucky to get second chance to manage England

Danny Welbeck John Stones Eric Dier Dele Alli and Phil Jones take part in an England training session in St Petersburg

ALEX MORTON GETTY IMAGES Danny Welbeck John Stones Eric Dier Dele Alli and Phil Jones take part in an England training session in St Petersburg

RT special World Cup host Peter Schmeichel has said Germany deserved nothing from their game versus South Korea, which they shockingly lost 2-0 to crash out of Russian Federation 2018 at the group stage. It just shows anyone is vulnerable on any given day.

The Football Association asked Southgate to take over as caretaker after Roy Hodgson stepped down following the humiliating Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland.

Marcus Rashford has been working hard in training ahead of a possible start for England against Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday night.

Gareth Southgate has admitted that he was lucky to get a second chance to manage England after turning down the job two years ago.

"Indirectly, they've had a big bearing on what we're doing now, but in sport and in life you have to keep evolving". "We've not won a knockout game since 2006", he said.

More likely, he is being true to his word.

Martínez has taken the view that this is a time to rest elite players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, whereas Southgate has already made it clear he will make changes, with Eric Dier, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones and Trent Alexander-Arnold all likely to be involved for the first time in the tournament.

Southgate added that he will heavily consider his team selection in the coming days, and has been boosted by Dele Alli's return to training. "We do not have to risk him but if he is ready we will put him in".

Martinez has three players who are one booking away from a suspension, and injury concerns over forwards Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

A second-placed finish for England would mean Sweden are potential opponents in the quarter-finals, should England get past a last-16 game against Japan, Colombia or Senegal.

On Saturday, Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez revealed that he does intend on resting a few of his star players for the match against The Three Lions on Thursday. That would mean we top the group and then we can move forward.

"I think it will be an interesting game, a 50-50 game, and both teams are qualified so it will be a odd game", said Fellaini, who plays in England for Manchester United, having made his name for another Premier League club Everton. "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years".

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