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England News: Cahill reveals Belgium benefits

1 year ago

In the latest England news, Gary Cahill says Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium has provided the Three Lions with a good benchmark going into the last-16 stage of the tournament.

Expectation levels were growing amongst England supporters after back-to-back victories over Tunisia and Panama left the 1966 champions top of Group G ahead of the Red Devils clash.

Both sides made numerous changes at the Kaliningrad Stadium, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defender John Stones and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek the only English survivors from the 6-1 thumping of Panama.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who leads the tournament’s goalscoring charts with five and is the 6/4 favourite with William Hill to win the Golden Boot, was left on the bench alongside the likes of Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea defender Cahill was given a chance to shine but was unable to do anything about Adnan Januzaj’s second-half strike, as Belgium picked up a 1-0 win.

The 32-year-old centre-back, who is expected to be replaced for the next game, says the loss to Roberto Martinez’s men has acted as a warning to his side.

“The Belgium game was a reminder to us of the standard of teams we are coming up against from now on,” Cahill told the London Evening Standard. “No disrespect to Panama, but that was a different test.

“The way they [Belgium) moved positions and kept the ball – it was a good benchmark for what is to come.”

England will now take on Colombia in the last 16 and the Three Lions are 11/10 favourites with William Hill to pick up the win. The draw is priced at 11/5 and the South Americans are 27/10 outsiders.