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Would it actually benefit England to finish as runners-up in the group?

It's early days but the Three Lions could ensure a relatively easy route to the semi-finals

If you think we’re going to get carried away after a narrow win over Tunisia… then you’d be exactly right.

We’ve spent the morning planning England’s route to the World Cup final.

What else to do the morning after the night before?


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This process required a severe amount of assumption but we reckon the Three Lions might be better off finishing as runners-up in Group G.

Let us explain…

Germany’s lacklustre opener has put them on the back foot in Group F.

With Mexico looking a dynamic and tactically astute outfit, it’s entirely possible the defending champions may have to settle for a runners-up route to the knockout stages.

Chucky’s gonna get ya

Chucky’s gonna get ya

And if Brazil end up topping Group E, as expected, they’d face Germany in a mouthwatering round of 16 tie.

This would be good news for all the other teams as one of the heavy favourites would then be eliminated before the quarter-finals.

And it would benefit England in particular, because of the tournament structure.

Got your attention, Gareth?

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Got your attention, Gareth?

Potential Group F winners Mexico would play the runners-up of Group E — let’s say, Serbia.

If England were to beat the Group H winners (Colombia or Poland perhaps) then they would be rewarded with a favourable quarter-final against the winners of Mexico v Serbia.

Relatively speaking, that’s pleasant a route to the semi-finals…


It’s a rough guide reliant on some error-prone guesswork, but that’s what the World Cup is all about.

England and Belgium are heavy favourites to make it out of Group G and it could all come down to their face-off on the 28th June to determine who takes top spot.

Obviously we’re not suggesting that Gareth Southgate instructs the lads to take it easy, but a runners-up place wouldn’t be the worst result.

Just something to consider…

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