Gary Cahill admitted it was “bizarre” for England to arrange to face Belgium with folks suggesting it was higher for them to lose, however insisted that ending second in Group G is not going to derail their momentum on the World Cup.
Defeat has truly given England what seems on paper to be a extra beneficial knockout path, although they have to now face a harmful Colombia staff within the spherical of 16 reasonably than a Japan aspect who solely certified from Group H due to a greater honest play file than Senegal.
Cahill insisted that the dialogue forward of the match didn’t have an effect on England’s angle on the pitch, and added that he’s assured the loss is not going to have any lasting results on their confidence or efficiency stage.
“The Belgium match was a strange game and I say that because we were already qualified and facing a situation where all the teams in the knockout stage have similar ability,” he informed the Evening Standard. “There are some excellent groups in there.
“It was weird earlier than the beginning — to be in a World Cup sport the place folks had been arguing beforehand whether or not it was higher to complete second or first within the group.
“But we did not enter the sport in that method. We went to win so in that respect we’re dissatisfied.
“I do not suppose there was something within the sport. It was an important end by them, which separated the perimeters. We had a few actually good probabilities however there was nothing in it.”
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Colombia are anticipated to current stiff opposition in Moscow on Tuesday, however Cahill is adamant that England are ready for the problem.
“It does not derail us,” he added. “It will not have an effect on our momentum. It was disappointing to lose the sport however we’ve got misplaced nothing.
“This is a chance to undergo to the following spherical. We are going into it with lots of positivity. We have earned the best to play on this sport.
“Colombia are an excellent aspect nevertheless it’s all ifs and buts is not it? It’s going to be troublesome, however they’ll all be. It’s like several competitors, the longer you keep in it, the much less possible you are going to dodge any large groups.
“This is the business end. The next match is the important one, we look no further than that.”