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To win, or not to win? Why England and Belgium want to be second in Group G

Whoever comes second would also play two of the three knockout rounds to the final in the comfort of Moscow

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To win, or not to win? Tug some jersey, or avoid yellow cards? England and Belgium face a World Cup conundrum ahead of Thursday’s crunch in Kaliningrad — is it better to finish second rather than win Group G? Coaches Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez play down such talk. Yet a troubled start for Germany means the Group G winner risks coming across either the defending champions or a feared Brazil earlier in the knockout rounds. England and Belgium will have a better idea of future opponents after Wednesday’s games. Since England’s 6-1 defeat of Panama ...

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First Published: Mon, June 25 2018. 19:08 IST